Google (s GOOG) will bring AirPlay-like functionality to its Google TV platform, allowing users to play and control media directly from their Android tablet or handset, GigaOM has learned. The functionality will first be available via Google’s YouTube app, but the company wants to eventually open it up to third-party app developers as well.
There have been numerous attempts to turn mobile phones and tablets into remote controls, capable of flinging content straight from the second screen to the TV, but Apple’s (s AAPL) AirPlay has so far proven to be most successful: AirPlay users can beam content from many apps straight to an Apple TV or any AirPlay-certified speakers. However, users need to have an iOS device to make use of AirPlay.
Google now wants to offer Android owners similar features, and it has been testing out some of that functionality in the wild: The Nexus Q, Google’s recently-launched…
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