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.”

Source App Store