TCL updates its Google TV portfolio with AirPlay 2 and Homekit.

TCL made its Google TV debut last year with a selection of really good 4K TVs. The company updated that lineup in Europe earlier this month, and one aspect that has gone unnoticed up until now is that every item in the lineup has support for Apple’s Homekit and AirPlay 2.

On a few Google TV models marketed in Europe, TCL will support AirPlay 2 and Homekit, as the people at FlatPanelsHD have reported during a private presentation. The C735, C835, and C935 models from TCL’s range will support both Apple standards, enabling iOS users to cast content, reflect their displays, and operate TCL TVs via the Home app and Siri.

Although Roku TVs do support both AirPlay and Homekit connectivity, these new models that TCL is bringing to Europe are the only Android TV OS TVs that TCL offers with these features. Though we are expecting that the North American release would provide the same support when they come around this summer, it seems doubtful that TCL would backport the functionality to its current Google TV models.

Notably, TCL isn’t the first to introduce AirPlay to Google TV; the Sony Bravia series, as well as certain earlier Android TV alternatives, already support the capability. Naturally, TCL’s new lineup still fully supports Google TV’s current wireless standards, including Chromecast built-in and Google Assistant controls, much like those Sony TVs.

TCL AirPlay 2

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