Google Fiber Launches iPad App

Fancy Video Navigation and DVR Manager Breaks Free of Android

Google Fiber’s second screen video navigation app is no longer limited to Android-powered devices. Google Fiber is also courting Apple fans with the launch of a version that’s tailored for the iPad.

There’s no version for the iPhone and iPod Touch yet, but the new iPad app, like its Android cousins, serves as a fancy remote control, able to change channels, conduct searches, manage the DVR and tee up on-demand content.  What it doesn’t do yet is stream live TV channels to tablets over the home’s Wi-Fi network, a feature that’s already been introduced by several cable operators, including Time Warner Cable, which recently added a capability that also provides customers with access to a limited number of live TV channels while they're on-the-go and within reach of a Wi-Fi connection.

The debut of its app for the iPad follows Google Fiber’s Android device expansion last November. After booting up an initial app for Google’s own Nexus 7 tablet, the app is also supported by any Android device that runs Version 4.1 or later of the operating system.

But the number of consumers that have access to any of this remains limited. Google Fiber currently offers its 1 Gbps broadband and subscription IPTV service in small pockets of Kanas City. It's also cut a deal to take over the city-owned fiber network in iProvo and launch services there by late 2013 (the city council is expected to vote for the proposal Tuesday night).    Google Fiber has also set the stage to start network deployments in Austin, Texas, in mid-2014.