Apple TV app coming to Google’s Android TV, Chromecast with Google TV next year

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Google’s Chromecast with Google TV will get an Apple TV app next year.

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Apple TV app is coming to Google’s Android TV platform, companies announcement Monday. The new app will first appear on Google’s latest Chromecast with the Google TV streaming stick “early next year” before heading to other Android TV devices “in the future”.

In bringing Apple TV to its platform, Android TV joins Apple’s TVOS software to support all major streaming apps: Netflix, Hulu, Disney+Amazon Prime Video, HBO MaxPeacock and Apple TV Plus.

Amazon’s Roku and Fire TV are the two biggest streaming platforms and while both support most of these services, Roku still doesn’t have an official app for HBO Max and Amazon still doesn’t have an official app for HBO Max. app for Peacock.

With the AppleTV app, Chromecast users with Google TV will be able to watch Apple TV Plus as well as their Apple TV Channels and content purchased from the iTunes Store. Apple already had an Android TV version of the Apple TV app, but it was limited to Sony TVs that run Android TV software.

Read more: Apple TV Plus: all about Apple’s streaming service

The Apple TV app will be able to stream in 4K HDR with Dolby Vision and Atmos, and you’ll be able to see Apple TV content in voice search results with Google Assistant. It’s not yet known whether Google Assistant will be able to handle searches and playback controls within the app. A Google spokeswoman said “more details will be shared when the app becomes available.”

Google wouldn’t specify which other Android TV devices could get the app, whether it will come to Android phones and tablets, or whether users will be able to sign up for Apple TV Plus through Google Play.

The expansion to Android TV is just the most recent repair of the fences between the famous rivals. The two tech giants recently put aside their differences to bring Apple Music to Google’s line of Nest smart speakers and displays.

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