Apple users may love the Apple TV 4K, but the recently dropped Google TV iPhone app is the missing link for anyone who doesn’t want to spend $179 for 4K. Yes, for anyone who owns both an iPhone and the Chromecast with Google TV, your time is up. ultimately come.
The Google TV app finally arrived on the Apple App Store today (June 1). Available here (opens in a new tab) (in the same location as the old Play Movies & TV app), the Google TV app is available to give you some of the best features of the Roku and Fire TV apps.
For starters, you can now use your iPhone as a remote for the Chromecast with Google TV and other Google TV and Android TV OS devices. Previously, as I recently found, users had to use the Google Home app for remote functionality. And that’s been a problem because – at least in my experience – the Chromecast with Google TV randomly unpairs with the Google Home app. Hope this gets fixed.
The next most important feature of the Google TV app for iOS is that it lets you manage your watchlist on the go. Controlling your checklist of shows and movies to watch is one of our favorite features on apps like JustWatch and Plex, and now you’ll be able to update the list from your Chromecast or Google/Android TV device remotely ( just when a friend tries to cajole you, saying “you have to watch Severance, why haven’t you watched Severance yet?”)
Additionally, you will be able to watch all purchased movies and shows acquired from your Google account. Basically, think of this new download as the Google version of the Apple TV app.
Other features include:
- View recommendations of services you subscribe to (just make sure you connect to it via Google TV)
- Watch celebrity recommendations in Watchlist videos
- Improve recommendations by rating shows and movies
- See news and updates on shows and movies with a personalized news tab
Analysis: OK Google, there is still a Chromecast problem to solve
Currently, as mentioned above, this type of application is a crucial solution for all Apple users who have opted for the $50 Chromecast with Google TV rather than the $179 Apple TV 4K. $. But there’s just one other thing Google needs to fix for Apple users.
It’s really annoying to use Apple Music on Chromecast with Google TV when voice commands are the only way to extract what you want to hear.
Sure, most Chromecast with Google TV owners are probably on YouTube Music or Spotify, but the lack of an actual Apple Music app is frustrating for anyone paying for the service. Maybe Google wants to push these people to change, but I doubt they will because of that.
Next: In other streaming news, Netflix’s password-sharing crackdown is underway, and it looks like a disaster.