Google is adding its own version of AirPlay to the Apple universe, thanks to a pairing capability that automatically connects the iOS YouTube app to Google TV-enabled connected TVs and set-top boxes.
Users can use their iPhones and iPads to browse and find YouTube videos, then push them to the television — much the same way that AirPlay allows Apple TV users to share content between iOS devices (including YouTube) and the big screen.
“Have an iPhone or iPad and a Google TV? You can now play and control videos from your YouTube app for iOS on your TV, like a remote control for YouTube,” the company said in a blog. “Anyone on the same Wi-Fi can join in to control the video or add videos to a playlist (Harlem Shake marathon anyone?).”
The company added: “This automatic pairing feature is also available on the YouTube app for Android, and it’s coming to more TVs this year from LG, Sony, Panasonic and others.”
Google introduced the feature for Android devices last November.