If you already own a Chromecast you know there’s plenty the $35 streaming stick can do. If you use the dongle with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, the device just learned a new trick. Google dropped Photowall into the App Store today, offering a free app that lets you and your friends create interactive photo slideshows with a Chromecast-connected TV.
Photowall, which Google calls a Chrome experiment, lets you fling pictures from your iOS-powered smartphone and tablet straight onto your TV. You can also write or draw on a picture before beaming it – which adds a fun element, particularly if you have a bunch of friends hanging out in your living room. Finally, once you’re finished sharing photos, Google will package the entire thing up as a YouTube video so that everyone can take the experience home with them – or so you can share it with friends who weren’t there.
It’s interesting to see Google push a new Chromecast feature to iPhone users ahead of Android. It’s possible the company wants more Apple fans using its HDMI dongle, or maybe Chromecast simply has a larger iOS user base. Hopefully the new app will make its way to the Play Store in the near future, even though it’s still being labeled an “experiment.”