HTC recently announced their newest flagship phone: HTC 10. And among the slew of features the phone brings, one is something Apple users have been familiar with for a few years.

AirPlay will officially be available for the first time on an Android device with the HTC 10. HTC is confirming it will support both audio and video streaming. And AirPlay support is also coming to its older models—the One M7, One M8, and One M9.

So what does this mean and why should you care?

What the heck is AirPlay?

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AirPlay is a proprietary protocol made by Apple that enables wireless streaming of audio and video between devices. That means with just a couple of taps, you can easily send audio and video from your iOS device or Mac to a variety of different devices—such as TVs, speakers, and more.

For example: you can stream a video from your iPhone to your HDTV using an Apple TV and AirPlay. And it doesn’t have to just be an Apple device to another Apple device. Apple licenses AirPlay for third-party use. So your wireless speakers (like Sonos or Bose) may have AirPlay support—enabling them to work the same way with your Apple devices.

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While AirPlay is native to Apple devices, similar kinds of features exist on other platforms—such as Google Cast on Android and Miracast on Windows devices. And you can even get similar functionality from third-party apps on all platforms. But AirPlay provides a more consistent experience. And an official license means it’s built in to the device for native support. So you don’t have to find a third-party app to use as a workaround that may provide a poorer experience or isn’t maintained. It’ll work right out of the box in a similar way.

So what does this mean for you?

Well, a few things—but mainly it means that HTC phones will play even nicer with Apple devices. So you have more options when buying tech.

Typically people who buy Android feel like they have to buy other Google devices to have them all work together. And people who buy Apple think they can only buy other Apple devices.

This isn’t true.

And cross-platform features like this make it easier to buy whatever you want and still have a great experience when using your tech.

For example: You get an HTC device and are looking for a media streamer. Stick-based media streamers, like Chromecast—while good—tend to be a bit slower and don’t perform as smoothly as larger streamers. That’s because the the bigger devices have more components that help them with performance.

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So, with native AirPlay support, you can now get an Apple TV, instead. And you’ll have the same functionality as an iPhone when it comes to streaming content to your HDTV. So you can send your media up to your TV without having to get some third-party app.

The HTC 10 comes out in May. To get it—or another HTC device—simply visit Enjoy’s page on AT&T’s website. And you can find Apple TV on our site right here.

And for more information on AirPlay, Android, or Apple TV, chat with an Expert by clicking the Chat with an Expert widget in the bottom right hand corner on our homepage or from any product page. Or schedule a Visit with an Expert through your Enjoy Account.

Enjoy!

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