Android users are defecting to Apple because of AirPlay - News - Know Your Mobile (click for full article) Published on Jun 20, 2012 "Without an equivalent AirPlay-like solution, Google's Android platform will always play second fiddle to Apple. At least that's the claim levelled at Google by Evolver FM, which claims that Android users are switching to Apple's iOS platform in order to get their hands on AirPlay's wireless streaming functionality. AirPlay is a proprietary service that lets users wirelessly stream audio and film from their iPad and iPhone devices to a TV that's connected to an Apple TV unit. The idea behind both Apple TV and AirPlay is simplicity - just plug it in and go. Android users, according to Evolver FM, are rather jealous of this feature and want something similar from Google. Evolver FM says that the current top searches on its site are for 'Android AirPlay' and 'AirPlay Android.' There are Android applications out there that will stream content via AirPlay, such as iMediaShare and AirBubble, but none operate with the same level of finesse as an iOS-powered device, lacking the same level of functionality and reliability. Zapstreak is attempting to change all of this, however, with the release of its AirPlay for Android SDK that's designed to make the development of Android applications with AirPlay functionality a lot easier and more robust. This is still not enough though, according to Evolver. What's needed is a solution from Google itself - one that sits natively inside Android just as AirPlay does inside iOS. Many analysts predict that smartTVs and in-house technology ecosystems - how your smartphone, tablet, PC and TV link up - is where consumer technology is heading. Apple is seemingly already preparing for this with its Apple TV and rumoured iTV HD television. Microsoft is already half way there with its Xbox console and accompanying services, leaving just Google who, up until now, has not had much luck in the TV space - see Google TV. Google I/O 2012 takes place this month and many expect Google to announce not only its 7-inch Nexus Tab but also Android Jelly Bean and perhaps a rebuttal to Apple's AirPlay?"