Fidelio speaker docks and Android-specific headphones, they've recently unveiled the Soundbar CSS5123. But this isn't just your run-of-the-mill all in one speaker system: the Soundbar packs in a DLNA receiver and video-out functionality. This means that even if your HDTV or projector doesn't pack in Digital Living Network Alliance support, you can add it with a swanky speaker set.
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Skifta service and app. Skifta is a system for DLNA-certified devices that allows streaming media by way of your phone from either your phone or your home computer, giving you options that previously required separate apps. Built-in free content from the likes of Picasa, Revision 3 and TED Talks rounds out the package. Basically, Skifta (man, it's hard to find good non-copyrighted names these days) aims to be a one-stop-shop for all of your media, streaming easily to connected televisions, computers and speaker systems. Video, audio and photos are currently supported. Skifta works on DLNA and UPnP-compatible devices, including Windows 7 computers and the PlayStation 3. The promotional video lays it all out: [youtube ezP6Ee9HoRo] Skifta's a free download from the Android Market, and no, you don't need a Qualcomm processor inside your phone or tablet to use it. The software is in its 1.0 release, so there may very well be some compatibility or stability issues. But hey, it's free - what have you got to lose? This may be a good indication of similar systems from OEMs, like Motorola's upcoming MotoCast.
acquired Beats Audio we've been hearing bits of information regarding upcoming devices from HTC with the new audio goodness inside, and this is one more we can add to the list. The HTC Rezound just received its DLNA certification today but I did want to mention it being listed as a "mobile digital media player". Most likely this is still a smartphone but I just wanted to throw that in there.
Skifta has been bubbling away in Qualcomm's labs since 2009, and the company's Android app is the first to be DLNA certified under the Digital Living Network Alliance's new software certification program. Skifta promises to funnel content easily from a phone, NAS or cloud-store, via your Android 2.2+ smartphone, to any DLNA playback source. That could be a PS3, an HDTV, stereo, PC or other device; there's a list of examples here. While we've seen DLNA-compliant Android smartphones before, Skifta promises to boost usability with a slicker remote control display, as well as giving the functionality to every Android device. More details in the video below. [youtube ezP6Ee9HoRo] Press Release:
Skifta Becomes First Software Application to Receive DLNA Certification Application-based Service Turns Smartphones and Tablets into Global Remote Controls for Streaming Media and Furthers DLNA Vision for Connected Digital Home SAN DIEGO — February 2, 2011 — Skifta™ for Android, a product of Qualcomm Services Labs Inc., has become the first application to be certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) under its new Software Certification program. Skifta is an application-based media shifting service that allows consumers to access and play their digital media from virtually any source, whether it’s accessed on the phone, from the cloud, or remotely from home. Consumers can then stream this media to DLNA Certified® consumer electronics such as TVs, IP-connected stereos, Windows 7 PCs, PlayStation3 game consoles and many other consumer electronics product via their Android smartphones and tablets. As a DLNA-Certified® software application, Skifta now gives Android users the added assurance that digital music, photos and videos from the phone and around the connected home can be streamed easily to DLNA Certified® products at home or on the go. Through DLNA Certification, Skifta helps meet digital media consumers’ demand for a reliable, interoperable platform for accessing and streaming media within the connected home, or accessing it remotely via smartphone. “We are proud that the Skifta Android application has become the first DLNA Certified software application,” said Bruce Jackson, vice president of technology at Qualcomm Services Labs. “The Skifta application demonstrates our commitment to DLNA and to making the smartphone central to the connected home and lifestyle. The Skifta application creates the potential for tens of millions of smartphones and tablets to run DLNA Certified® software and stream multimedia content reliably to devices around the home.” Analysts estimate that that there will be nearly two billion DLNA Certified® devices in homes worldwide by 2014, and some expect that DLNA software certification will propel adoption and usage of DLNA devices on consumers’ home networks. The Skifta application takes advantage of the rapid adoption of DLNA-enabled devices, the growing desire for on-demand streaming media, and the rapid proliferation of smartphones to deliver an easy-to-use service for taking your digital media with you, without actually having to take it with you. “DLNA Certified® software such as Skifta will help bring content such as photos, videos and music, stored on DLNA Certified® devices, to an even larger selection of consumer electronics, mobile and PC products,” said Nidhish Parikh, chairman and president of DLNA. “Qualcomm has been an active DLNA member for some time and as the first Certified software application, Skifta complements the DLNA standards and vision.” Availability The Skifta application beta is currently available as a free download in the Android Marketplace for smartphones running Android version 2.2 and higher.
approval listing [pdf link] does confirm that it has a 4.3-inch WVGA AMOLED display and an 8-megapixel camera. There's also WiFi b/g/n and a microSD card slot. Verizon's Galaxy S handset, the Fascinate, is the SCH-i500, so it's not too great a leap to presume that this is the successor to that device. [via GSMArena]
Chromecast, but many more would still prefer more conventional appliances for their entertainment needs. For those kind of people, Hisense offers two new alternatives in the form of a Smart TV and a set top box, both of which give users access to Google's ecosystem via Google Services for Smart TVs, the fancy new name for Google TV.
Koush of CyanogenMod fame, has welcomed the month with an excellent announcement. AllCast, one of his many pet Android projects, has just been uploaded on Google Play Store for everyone to try out. Well, almost everyone. AllCast is an app that basically lets users stream or send local media from their Android device to a number of supported devices, particularly set-top boxes and smart TVs. For now, the list of supported devices include, but are not limited to, Roku boxes, Apple TV, the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, as well as Samsung Smart TVs. But don't sweat if you have none of those fancy appliances, as any DLNA rendering device will also be able to receive streaming media from the app. Just last week, Koush announced the release of AllCast Beta 7, with a rather ominous remark about that version self-destructing on December 1st. And now we know why. Now that the official AllCast Beta is on Google Play Store, barring last minute critical bugs, we should be seeing a final release of the app soon. Here's the video of the AllCast demo that Koush released for Beta 7. [youtube ssrL4koofAU] AllCast Beta does not require your device to be rooted and is also free. However, to be able to get access to it, one must first join their Google+ community. Once that's done, simply hit the download link below to get your copy. Download: AllCast Beta on Google Play
Koush has returned with another beta release for AllCast. This latest brings things up to beta 7 and once again, this has arrived with a short teaser video. The basics for the app, AllCast will allow the user to stream/send locally stored videos to a number of devices.
the low, low price of $299. Of course, they’re also looking to crowd fund the effort, and want to raise $5 million before building the device.