HTC 10 is the First Android Smartphone to Support Apple AirPlay Out of the Box

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Earlier this morning, HTC announced its new smartphone, the HTC 10, revealing that the Android device will have the ability to wirelessly play audio through devices and speakers that support streaming via Apple's AirPlay feature (via SlashGear). In addition to AirPlay support, the basic specs of the phone include a 5.2-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh battery for two full days of charge, and a USB Type-C port.

    The addition of support for AirPlay makes the HTC 10 the first Android smartphone to work with Apple's audio and video streaming feature out of the box. AirPlay's inclusion into the HTC 10 also means that the Android device will be able to stream directly to the new Apple TV.

    The move is a deliberate one by HTC, according to Darren Sng, vice president of product marketing for the company, as it plans to make its smartphones as feature rich as possible, even if it means support for third-party software. The company would even be open to including Apple Pay in its devices, if Apple ever opened up the mobile payments service to other manufacturers.
    The HTC 10 is the company's flagship smartphone for 2016, coming on the heels of last year's HTC One M9 device. Anyone interested will be able to purchase the HTC 10 in May for an unlocked price of $699, and various, undisclosed carrier prices. The phone can be pre-ordered from HTC's website today, and in the United States users will be able to choose from black and silver color options, while other markets will include a third alternative of gold.

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  2. PowerBook-G5 macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2013
    The United States of America
    Does it use some kind of hack to do this or is to Apple-sectioned? I didn't think they had opened up AirPlay to other manufacturers.
  3. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
  4. William Gates macrumors 6502

    William Gates

    Oct 26, 2007
    Is this officially licensed by Apple or is it a reverse engineering type thing? Will it break as soon as Apple changes anything to the protocol?
  5. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020


    Dec 7, 2014
    Is this licensed? Or do they use a reverse-engineered implementation?

    I.e., is Apple OK with this, or will we see a situation similar to when Palm tried to make iTunes "compatible" with the Pre?

    That's not how product design works. Good luck throwing **** at the wall, though.
  6. sunapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 16, 2013
    The Netherlands
    I honestly didn't know this was possible, but it's kind of awesome!
  7. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    Interestingly it's a fully licensed version done with apple's blessing.
  8. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    I'll be really curious to see if Apple switched to USB-C with future iPhones. It seems to cover all of the reasons they developed lightening (reversible, small) while being faster and a standard, but it's likely frustrate existing buyers to change the port again and invalidate all accessories.

    Impressive specs on that HTC phone. And we're still half a year from an iPhone 7. That's exciting to think about what a leap it may be.
  9. retroneo macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2005
    Wonder if Apple will soon add AirPlay to the Android version of Apple Music for all Android devices.
  10. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    Interesting feature, but the rest of the phone is meh.
  11. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    It's sad that this is only being embraced as their last effort to stay relevant.
  12. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA
    They're one of the best Android phones if not the best from experience...
  13. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    look at all the third party receivers/speakers etc that have AirPlay support ?
    it's the real deal.
  14. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    it too has a sticky out camera lens :)
  15. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
    As an Apple user, this is good for me. I wish Android would support all of Apple's open standards. FaceTime would be sweet.
  16. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Shame Mr. Nigel Newby-House is reading from a script/autocue in that video.
    Undermines any "enthusiasm" for the product, when he can't memorise what he wants to say..
    It makes the tone of what he is saying sound quite insincere.

    At least the Apple boys go out on the keynote stage having memorised all the adjectives they want to use regarding the latest iDevice.. OK, so memorising "magical" "incredible" and "our customers are loving..." doesn't take too much time, but at least they're not reading an autocue on stage!
  17. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502


    Jul 8, 2015
    Melbourne Australia
    FaceTime isn't open? Apple would never allow that
  18. Gawjuz macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2016
    United Kingdom
    AirPlay becoming more ubiquitous can only be a good thing!
  19. MacBH928 macrumors 68040


    May 17, 2008
    Time for Apple to release an update to stream to Android devices
  20. gaximus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 11, 2011
  21. Studioman macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2015
    Apple made air play open to be licensed years ago. The other manufactures including their so called partners turned rivals refused to support it and instead tried to create their own version that never really worked the same.
  22. DMVillain macrumors 6502a

    Jul 20, 2011
    I want this too, but it would absolutely cannibalize the iPhone. I think it's more likely Apple opens up iOS to allow selecting other services as default apps, which could create more of an android (or other platform) experience.
  23. napabar macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    That makes zero sense. USB-C is much thicker than Lightning. They are getting rid of the headphone port because of size.
  24. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Looks like protruding cameras are a thing now :(
  25. MacGod macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2008
    I think he was "pleased to tell us" about this phone and the features... Like some of the features, but that video should have been tweaked a bit - not produced with a high level of quality.

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