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Google Releases Photowall Chromecast App, Coming to Android Today (Updated)

Ready to try out an exciting new Chromecast-enabled app from Google? Well, you’d better have an iPhone or iPad, because it’s exclusive to iOS for the time being (Edit: Updated below with Android details).

Called Photowall, the Chrome Experiment lets people produce a collage of photos by uploading them via the app or the web, doodling on them using the built-in paintbrush tool, and then sending them to a Chromecast. The result can be exported to YouTube and shared with friends. 

The app is available for iOS devices from the App Store. Here’s hoping that Google will port the app to Android in the near future.

App Store Link

Update:  Google has made Photowall official, also acknowledging that an Android version will be here today. Once we have the Play store link, we’ll add it to this post.

Update 2:  Here is the link. [Play Link]

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  • Caleb Martin

    Got the app on my S4, but I’m currently getting a 500 error when trying to sign in.

  • iPhone is the best Goog device

    lol @ all you butt hurt people. i hope you bought some Preparation H for no reason. then again..i guess you still need it. How is that Nike Fuel Band app working for you?

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    FC when trying to sign in.

  • Elmer B

    Even if iOS gets it first; the fucks given to the app is almost non-existence. Only those who really follow tech news would really get it. I myself have to think of ways for my iOS user friends to download this awesome new app, and convince them that it is awesome (i think).

    • miri

      The app is just for the initial setup. Photowall is a Chrome experiment.

      • Elmer B

        Aaah good to know. Thanks for clarifying. I just watch the video again and it did say “all you need is a modern browser link chrome”

  • xsoldier2000

    This it? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.photowall (I can’t seem to sign in with it to G+ though…)

  • archercc

    How about a chromecast compatible gallery?

  • Kavin Nguyen

    I stopped reading at iOS

  • Alan Paone

    Google’s just trying to launch concurrently. They don’t have control (or even a warning) about when the iOS certification process finishes, so they have to wait and publish on Play as soon as it turns up on iTunes. This happens constantly and how is nobody used to this yet?

  • teevirus

    Glad to see this feature. Frankly I am supprised Google didn’t have some sort of photo viewing on chrome cast from the start. Especially given their insistence that I upload all my photos to the cloud. Now I can annoy my friends at parties with the same pics I posted to facebook.

  • morteum

    There you go, its coming to Android, now quit your bitching.

  • CheryEcerra

    2 weeks if they don’t find anything they want you to change. You start developing Android during that time for efficiency while the iOS app is getting ready for approval so you’re not making creative changes to apps on two platforms at once http://kfc.io/rn

  • Milind Shah

    How can people expect to get apps released on the same day for iOS and android when Google themselves release it on iOS first -.-

    • Chris

      because Google has separate iOS and Android teams?

  • OUTRAGE!!!!!!!!!

    But seriously, why are people upset? Do you really want to send photos to your chromecast? I don’t, but maybe some people might like that kind of thing. If that’s you, search the play store for a few seconds and you’ll find a few alternatives…

    I personally think Google sharing the love with iOS is a good thing. The more apps they have that get them out of the walled Apple garden, the better.

    • Chris

      I don’t even have chromecast. If I did I dobut I would be using this feature…

  • Tony Byatt

    We’ll get it soon…


    • Tony Byatt

      And it now appears it will come to Android as well sometime today…

  • Nathan Bryant

    Why don’t they just build this in the native gallery app. How many people are really gonna wanna share collages?

    • Chris

      It should just be bulit in to Android, maybe 4.3.3 or 4.5/5,0…

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  • manuel15

    mmmmmm WTF???

  • Username

    I’m sure the Android one is somewhere in the Purgatory of staged rollouts…

  • cabbiebot

    I’m here to witness the howling and gnashing of teeth that anything made it to iOS before Android. *popcorn*

    People get bent out of shape for the silliest reasons. Dare I call it a sense of ‘android entitlement’? 😀

    • The Narrator

      Considering Google made Android, yes.

      • Chris

        but is it worth getting so worked up over?

      • cabbiebot

        Chromecast is NOT an Android device. Chromecast is a Google Play device, in that its designed to stream Play media through to your TV regardless of what platform you are on (Windows/Mac/Android/iOS). Given that there are different iOS and Android app teams, is it that hard to believe that their time to release will always sync up? Believe it or not, the folks in Mountain View aren’t out to troll us android fans. I mean, have you seen the awful April Fools videos that Google makes every year? They are terrible, nerdy trolls. That’s part of why we love them. And would you look at that…Photowall is now there in the Play Store. You need to relax, narrator, do what you need to do whether that’s earl grey tea, a jog, or a visit to an asian massage parlor.

  • Shane Redman

    iOS….the guinea pig market for android apps.

    But seriously, from a business perspective, this makes so much sense. Apple has had AirPlay for so long. If the users are ever going to upgrade an aging appleTV to a chromecast, they need assurance that it’ll be able to be comparable to what they had before.

    We already have android devices, we’re in the bucket, so why waste bait on us when there are other fish to catch?

  • normmcgarry

    Relax people. This isn’t exclusive to iOS. Android app will be launched in an hour or two.

  • viewthis66

    WTF haha this makes no sense.

  • fauxshizzl

    The good news for Android users is someone will create an app that does the exact same thing probably by tomorrow.

    • Matthew Merrick

      Or a few months ago lol

  • Jasper Vinkenvleugel

    We don’t need this on Android, people. We’ve got something called third-party devs.

    • Chris

      For some, they love to use everything Google and ONLY Google….

      so they pretty much doing what Apple does. Using their phones (nexus) and using stock apps…. and YET they go on and on about how Android is about choice…..

  • Detonation

    Not exactly the same but Android does have this app for sharing photos via Chromecast:


  • Guest

    Google to Android users…

    • Kevin

      You’re an idiot.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    YES!. Thank you Google…..Anyway does this mean I can push whatever pic I want to chromecast background instead of those pics I don’t want to see that random people took?

    • Fiorta

      You can do that already… Muzei extension

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Yea? How? If I can’t push my local files where will it pull the picture from?

        • Fiorta

          I’m doing it right now… Muzei extension casts to the screen. Not to mention there are apps to cast local content.

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  • GNewt

    This fuckery is really starting to get old.

    • moelsen8

      yeah seriously. at the least, they could release an android app at the same time. ridiculous.

      • It’s likely due to development time. It’s easier to develop for iOS due to both the narrower hardware scope and, from what I understand, better creation tools.

        • Scott Tucker

          Nope, that’s not it.

          • The Narrator

            iOS apps have always been better. It probably is easier to develop for.

        • flosserelli

          Trolling the android blogs now, eh Jon? It must be a slow day at Applegadget.

          • Nah, just had some idle time mid-day. Also, trolling would imply that I’m trying to slam Android… I’m not! I’m just saying that, by definition, Google has to put more work into an Android release. Besides, you know that some app features end up being Android exclusive. There’s some give-and-take here.

          • Chris

            people can like more then one platform

        • normmcgarry

          Not talking specifically about this app, but the biggest reason you do iOS first is because iOS apps take 4-5 weeks to get approved from Apple. 2 weeks if they don’t find anything they want you to change. You start developing Android during that time for efficiency while the iOS app is getting ready for approval so you’re not making creative changes to apps on two platforms at once.

          • AndroidUser00110001

            At least someone gets it. I just posted something similar…

        • Jeremy Reger

          ….it’s easier to develop for iOS…. for the creators of Android… right…

          • Well, it’s not *that* much easier, since Google now says the Android version is due later today.

          • ddevito

            Actually yes it is. Yes, Google owns Android (didn’t create it, they bought it) but they don’t own Java or its IDE tools (yes it does own Android developer studio which is really just a more focused version of Netbeans). iOS has XCode, which is by far the best application development environment I’ve ever used, followed closely by Visual Studio from MSFT.

          • Jeremy Reger

            It’s almost been 10 years since Google Acquired Android.. They acquired it and a few years later released the first Beta version.. we are 26+ releases since that time.. so, lets think how much of the original code is still there…. I would bet they created every ounce of code since Android 2.0. And between XCode, VS, and the various Android Development tools, it’s all a matter of your personal preference.. You should know that a .Net developer is not going to enjoy the JDK nor the language itself..

        • AndroidUser00110001

          It has nothing to do about which platform is easier and different hardware configs…

          Google submitted this app to the apple play store a few weeks ago. It takes a lot more time for Apple to approve an app and for it to appear in the Apple app store than it takes for Google, or anyone else to push an app to the play store. So once Apple OKs the app for their play store it gets pushed to it and Google is informed. Then Google can push Android version and have both released on same day.

        • Droid Ronin

          I believe that the Android version will be more sophisticated including app-to-app integration and widgets, features that iOS does not support.

        • ddevito

          XCode for iOS is fantastic. I use eclipse for Android (and for work) and I hate it.

    • Kevin

      How about you calm your tits.

  • rals

    I swear i might just get an Iphone 6 . Obviously Google is just trolling Android users at this point.

  • j__h

    Way to care for your very own Android users. Let’s stick to an Android first approach in the future.

    • Chris

      life is so hard….

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