Adding to the capabilities of the Chromecast HDMI streaming stick, Google is out with a new app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users called Photowall that lets you turn your Chromecast-connected TV into a live, interactive photo frame.

Google’s Photowall app allows you alone or a group of Photowall users to beam not just one photo, but an entire collage of images to your TV through your Chromecast. The app includes the ability to doodle or annotate images before beaming to your big display as well.

When you wrap up your photo sharing to your Chromecast with Photowall, the app can automatically create a YouTube video for sharing the photo presentation in video form to anyone across the web.

Google’s Chromecast HDMI streaming stick is still one of the cheapest gateway’s into connecting the smarts of your phone or tablet to your TV set at just $35 (Prime eligible on Amazon).

Most recently, Chromecast picked up major support for Plex as the media manager has been positioning itself to own the Chromecast content management experience. Plex dropped its price of entry for Chromecast support to free as it enabled new photo upload features for its paying Plex Pass customers.

Earlier this month, as we saw Google expand a number of its hardware and software services into other countries, we saw Chromecast support extend to Canada, the UK, and 9 more countries.

Google made its Chromecast SDK available to developers last month.

Update: Photowall’s landing page is live now here.

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9 Responses to “Google’s new Photowall app turns your Chromecast-connected TV into an interactive photo frame”

  1. Sadly the app does not work. When it asks you to login a pop up appears to redirect you to login into your Google account. However, the only thing that shows up is a web page saying password with a heading saying temporary password. When you type in your Google account password nothing happens. Making the app useless at the moment…


  2. mattm7 says:

    Google has apparently pulled the app. When trying to download, I get the message, “The item you tried to buy is no longer available.”


  3. Photowall now works. If you have it on your device already, delete it and then reinstall it. You’ll then be able to login to your Google account and proceed from there. It works well, just not as intuitive as i thought because of it being a web based user interface and you have to go thru multiple step processes to add it to your TV. Wish there was a way to group a bunch of photos and post them in one step.


  4. Robert Mao says:

    Pixocast not only allow slideshow photos from iOS, but also stream videos in camera roll. No upload, no sign in, straight from iPhone or iPad.


  5. Chromecast device itself doesn’t require any password and allow anybody in the LAN to cast. So it feels a bit odd when I was asked to login to Google just to show my own photos on the phone. And I got “500 Internal Server Error” after authorization step. :-( Other apps such as Pixocast has a much simpler process. I hope Google can improve this app. Sounds promising.


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  7. udp76 says:

    I personaly like UbiCast which lets you stream both pictures and videos from your iPhone or iPad to Chromecast: