If you do not have an iOS device but want some of the sweeter parts of Apple, then you will enjoy this guide looking at the best Android Airplay and FaceTime app alternatives for 2014. The device to TV mirroring feature and video calling app are popular with Apple users but can still be enjoyed on other platforms in one form or another.
We will start by taking a look at some Airplay options for Android, which starts with Chromecast. This small accessory is actually a bit of hardware from Google and is most similar to the setup between the Apple TV set top box and an iOS device. Chromecast plugs into the HDMI port of your TV and will receive and broadcast the content you stream to it via a mutual Wi-Fi network.
In terms of software there are quite a few good apps you can download on the Google Play Store to get an Airplay alternative, such as AllCast. This free app enables you to stream music to a connected TV and features support for devices like Roku and Xbox 360. Whilst it is great you can stream content from Android device to TV, the mirroring feature which so many crave is lacking.
Another option you could try is the AirAudio- AirPlay for Android, the self confessed Apple alternative. This free app will also allow you to stream audio content from your Android device to compatible receivers, however the experience will be spoiled by background noise which can only be removed by paying for a small activation license fee.
We will now see what FaceTime alternatives are out there for Android, this may be a far too obvious choice but lets start with Skype. The established video chat app is almost a perfect replacement or Airplay, allowing you to chat face to face for free as long as you want with friends over Wi-Fi or cellualr. The difference is that if you want to add more people to the conversation you will have to pay, where Apple’s feature is completely free.
You could also try using Tango Messenger, an app which offers video calls, voice only plus text and talk. One of the disadvantages is that Tango does not work on cellular meaning conversations will have to be contained to a Wi-Fi environment. You could also try the app simply know as Video Calling, which works across multiple platforms and has a similar design to FaceTime.
Whilst these are all great alternatives and will offer similar benefits to the Airplay and FaceTime apps, there are no exact Android versions available. Apple are unlikely to make their software available to rivals and so will make sure these apps do not rip off their own products.
Have you downloaded any of these apps and compared them to Apple’s FaceTime and Airplay features?
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