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.
Google TV, by way of a GTV app known as Airtight. It's currently priced at 99 cents in the Android Market, though naturally you'll need Google TV hardware to see it.
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.
Skifta project since almost the very beginning, from when the DLNA streaming media system was a simple 2009 side-project in the chipset company's labs, to its status as a legitimate standalone product with an eye on potential revenue streams. Android Community has had early access to the latest version of Skifta, hitting the Android Market today, to see whether a free app can really replace expensive media streaming systems around the home and office. Skifta build 68 does everything we're already familiar with from the app, so you get access to local media sources - such as your phone, NAS, computers sharing media and other devices - as well as streaming radio content, which can be squirted to a DLNA-compliant TV, WiFi radio or other device and controlled from your Android phone. A free download, it uses straightforward media plugins to add extra internet content; as for playback, if you have an internet-connected TV (or a DLNA-supporting streamer) then you're all set. As ever, as long as you have the bandwidth, it all works surprisingly well. The Skifta UI has been polished since the early days, with a three-step process of picking a source - audio, video or images, including Facebook and Picasa photos - then a playback device, and finally choosing which media you'd like to play. The new version adds in support for premium channels, like Napster; if you have a Napster account, you can log in and access the service's 10m+ streaming tracks. There's also new control over playback, to take into account the fact that not all media players are created equal. Given that many users have drives full of video and audio using different codecs, Skifta now allows you to choose which media player app on your phone you want to use to render the content. We loaded up vPlayer and Rock Player, and could choose between them in a simple Android dialog box. It means that files not natively supported by the Android media player can now often be played using a third-party player, and hugely extends the use of Skifta. We caught up with Skifta's director of marketing, Gary Brotman, at MWC 2011 last week, and talked to him about the future of the app and the growing Skifta ecosystem. With a long background in digital music - Brotman is actually behind one of the streaming radio channels featured in Skifta, Paper Buddha - he's unsurprisingly enthusiastic about the potential of the app, particularly when it comes to partnerships with other media sources. Napster - as added in build 68 - is just the start of it; Brotman is also keen to work with other subscription-based music services, such as Spotify. "It's less about owning music, today, and more about having access to it" he told us, suggesting that while people have historically built up huge stacks of CDs and records, and then gone on to amass collections of MP3s, the focus now is shifting away from ownership and more to ubiquity. Part of that is the increase in connectivity options, like 3G/4G on mobile devices and faster WiFi networks in homes and offices. "Previously, you had what content you could carry or had loaded up before you left" Brotman explained. As for making Qualcomm some money, Brotman is cautious of the usual ways Android apps are monetized. Although adverts are the obvious strategy - either AdWords in the app itself, or even audio or video promotions interspersed with the streamed content - he's wary of negatively impacting the user experience, especially when it comes to mining users' media catalogs for context-aware ads. Instead, the Skifta team is looking for more roundabout ways of commercialising the software, perhaps through affiliate links to download music from Amazon or other vendors. If you hear a track you like on a streaming radio station, Skifta could offer a one-click way of purchasing that music, with Qualcomm taking a slice of the proceeds. Alternatively, if more premium channels - such as Spotify - get onboard, Skifta could take a tithe of their subscription revenue too. Of course, there's always the potential for Skifta to evolve into a paid version, or perhaps split into free and premium, though for now the app remains a free download. You can find the updated build 68 in the Android Market; don't forget to let us know how you get on in the comments.
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.
LG has presumably realised that, with their 3D smartphone secret out of the bag, they may as well cash in prior to the LG Optimus 3D's official reveal at Mobile World Congress later this month. The company has pushed out a short press release confirming the Optimus 3D, along with a dual-lens 3D camera, HDMI and DLNA support. The display - which is believed to be 4.3-inches - is a glasses-free one, naturally; having to slap on a pair of 3D specs would slow things down somewhat. All the details - and our own hands-on feedback - at MWC very soon. Press Release:
LG TO UNVEIL WORLD’S FIRST FULL 3D SMARTPHONE AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2011 3D Recording-Viewing-Sharing of Life’s Precious Moments Anytime, Anywhere SEOUL, Feb. 1, 2011 – At this year’s Mobile World Congress, LG will unveil the LG Optimus 3D, the world’s first 3D smartphone offering consumers a full 3D experience right in the palm of their hands. The LG Optimus 3D addresses the lack of 3D content issue -- one of the biggest problems facing the 3D market -- with a complete platform for a one-of-a-kind experience on a mobile device. LG’s most advanced smartphone to date will feature a dual-lens camera for 3D recording, a glasses-free LCD panel for 3D viewing and diverse connectivity options such as HDMI and DLNA for 3D content sharing anytime, anywhere. Further details and a live demo of the LG Optimus 3D will be offered at Booth #8B178 at MWC in Barcelona from February 14 to 17.
Samsung Galaxy Tab has apparently gone on sale in Germany, with an RRP of €799 for the unlocked, SIM-free version of the Froyo slate. The tablet is available now, according to the press release. Meanwhile there's also the confirmation that the Galaxy Tab's DLNA streaming functionality can be used with the Samsung Media Gateway WMG160, quietly announced at the same time as the Galaxy S smartphone. [vms d8f0efa196f8ad173178] [via Carrypad] Press Release:
Launch: Samsung Galaxy Tab now available in Germany 7-inch display and 380 grams for full functionality. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a reliable business partner as well as an accomplished entertainer on the go Schwalbach / Ts. 11 October 2010 - The Galaxy Tab Samsung, Samsung Smart Media Device from his first. Its low weight, handy size and a large TFT display Samsung qualify the Galaxy Tab primarily as a constant companion. With Android ™ v2.2 makes it easier for the business with helpful business applications, and enriches the life with a variety of entertainment and information options. The Samsung Galaxy Tab offers voice and video telephony and full access to the Android Market ™. With 190 x 121 x 11.98 mm is the ideal sized Samsung Galaxy Tab to get it in the jacket - or bag always and everywhere to carry. The large screen with a diagonal of 17.8 inches guarantees a comfortable viewing of web pages, videos and e-books, without going into a compromise on mobility. Whether with a headset or via speakerphone - the user can talk with the Samsung Galaxy Tab as with a conventional mobile phone. Video calls are possible by the 1.3-megapixel camera on the housing front. Unlimited possibilities with Android ™ v2.2 Whether you need an overview of the first train connections, or the time would drive to a computer game: the Android Market ™ is full of applications that make users' lives easier. The Samsung Galaxy Tab granted the Android ™ operating system v2.2 full access to this offer, and gives users the opportunity to the Samsung Galaxy Tab fully match your needs. Adobe ® Flash ® Player 10.1 provides a common picture while surfing the web. All web content is presented in the same extent that the user is from a home PC used to. take you with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA at up to 5.76 Mbit / s the user has to purchase without waiting times. The pre-installed application "Reader's Hub" opens the doors to a large and well clear of books, magazines and newspapers from around the world. The well-stocked library offers interesting stories of different genres that are on the large display of the Samsung Galaxy Tab to read. Also installed is the video game "Let's Golf by Gameloft. 63 holes can be played with four different characters in four different locations in 3D. For use on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Let's golf has been adapted to the big screen. Complete equipment for full functionality Android ™ brings several useful Google ™ services with them. With Google Maps ™ Navigation is a complete navigation solution on board, which steers clear voice guidance with the optimal path. A satellite view gives you extra guidance and with the real-time traffic view, you avoid the jams. Searches, this Samsung Galaxy Tab ™ including via Google Voice Search, the typing of goals is no longer necessary. The processor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab provides a Gigahertz performance, providing a normal operation of the device safe even when multiple applications are running in parallel. For a long operation ensures the 4,000 mAh battery strong. This gives the user up to 1,500 hours of standby or up to 16.7 hours talk time. Complete in the fastest WiFi n Bluetooth 3.0 standard and the features. Accessories for Samsung Galaxy Tab: more opportunities, more style Protection against dust and scratches different, tailored bags for the Galaxy Table Though be entered quickly thanks Swype ® texts, the real key of the keyboard dock is more practical for many writers. Like the docking station and the car cradle, it has a charging function and 3.5 mm jack for connecting speakers and sound systems. For wireless transmission of the Galaxy Tab to DLNA ™ compatible devices, makes the Media Gateway WMG160 older televisions and sound systems fit for WiFi multimedia streaming. The Samsung Galaxy tab is now available in Germany. The suggested retail price is 799 euros.
Expansys has announced that it will be the exclusive supplier of the Acer Stream Android smartphone in the UK. Priced at £399.99 ($610) including tax, and set to go on sale come August 3rd, the Acer Stream takes on the Google Nexus One with a 3.7-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera (with autofocus but no flash) and an HDMI output. There's also the usual mixture of triband 900/1900/2100 HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS, along with DLNA media sharing, 2GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot. The Stream can record 720p HD video at 30fps, and is powered by Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset. OS is Android 2.1, and it's available to preorder now. [Thanks Tony!]
Samsung Galaxy S Pro that we showcased here a few weeks ago, right? Thanks to our tipster, we got early photos of what would later become known as the Samsung Epic 4G -- and that's exactly what we've got here, courtesy of an official announcement from Sprint and Samsung. It's the first 4G-enabled device on the market that features a full, landscape-sliding QWERTY keyboard, and it's also got a few more features that'll make you take a second glance.