Almost a month after releasing the official Chromecast app for Android, Google today launched the app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The app allows users to setup and configure various settings of their Chromecast dongle. It will also display the status of all dongles connected to a Wi-Fi network, making it easier for the user to find out which dongles in the building are ready to “cast” content.
Google announced Chromecast last month. It is a HDMI dongle which is capable of mirroring content on a television screen from mobile devices nearby such as smartphones and tablets. Content can be beamed from a computer as well. Apps that have a special “cast” button need to be used, since Chromecast doesn’t support local streaming as of now. It costs just $35 and lets users stream content from YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Store and the Chrome web browser. The app is used to setup the dongle to the Wi-Fi network as well as configure settings such as the Wi-Fi password and device name. Chromecast for iOS work with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch provided that they are running iOS 5.1 firmware or higher. The official Chromecast app is available as a free download from iTunes App Store.