Android users are always jealous of one or the other Apple technology. Unfortunately, the iPhone manufacturer still denies these users access – officially. But now an app ends this injustice.
The HomePod has had a rather quiet existence in Apple’s product portfolio over the past few years, but the new and much cheaper HomePod mini is now enjoying enormous popularity (does not cost 100 euros) – long waiting times for an order are still not uncommon. However, if you want to control the two Apple speakers directly with your smartphone or tablet and connect them accordingly, you can only do this via iPhone and iPad. Android devices are still left out.
Android app AirMusic: AirPlay not only for Apple
The reason: The lack of AirPlay compatibility. You can secure it with the Android app “AirMusic” from now on. Thanks to the application, Apple devices can now also be supplied with music via an Android smartphone via AirPlay. This is demonstrated impressively by Jonathan Morrison in the following video, in which he shows the simultaneous connection of two HomePod minis.
In addition to the HomePod, the app also supports a number of other devices and protocols. The app description lists them in detail:
- Apple AirPlay: Airport Express, Apple TV, Freebox & all AirPlay-enabled receivers, e.g. from Bang & Olufsen or Bowers & Wilkins
- DLNA: Smart TVs or AV receivers e.g. from Samsung, Sony, LG, Pioneer, Yamaha, Denon, Bose or Onkyo, XBOX 360, PS3 etc.
- SONOS Wireless HiFi: Enjoy any music on your SONOS
- Roku Streaming Player: Transfer all sounds to your Roku
- Google Cast: Chromecast & other Google Cast enabled receivers
- Qualcomm AllPlay: AllPlay ™ -capable receivers eg from Panasonic, Lenco or Gramofon
- Amazon Fire TV: Amazon Fire TV & Fire TV Stick
- Denon HEOS: All HEOS receivers are supported
- Software receivers: Kodi, Volumio, Shairport, GMediaRender & more
You can see what the new HomePod mini can do in the product video:
What does the app cost?
Important to know: From Android 10 or higher, AirPlay control works with many music apps without any problems (for example with Deezer, Amazon Music, TuneIn etc.). However, smartphones with older systems must be rooted, according to the developers within the app description.
And what does all the fun cost? The new freedom must be worth a total of 3.99 euros. But if you just want to try it, you can find one in the Play Store free demo version. It is fully functional, but introduces noise 10 minutes after playback.