Android phones are some of the most connected devices around, but it is still a hassle to beam your personal media to other home gadgets like a TV, Xbox, or PS3.
PacketVideo, the company that contributed multimedia capabilities to Android as an original member of the Open Handset Alliance, gave us a quick demo of their new TwonkyServer Mobile service. The app is now available in the Andriod Market and turns any Android device into a mobile media sever.
Once installed, the app is capable of connecting your Android handset to thousands of UPnP and DLNA certified devices including networked TVs, connected A/V receivers, digital photo frames and even popular gaming consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360.
“For most consumers, the mobile device is the one product that is always turned on, always by their side and is increasingly the most utilized device fro storing personal media. TwonkyServer Mobile enables users to bridge the mobile and home environments and share their media in completely innovative and almost magical ways.”James BraileanCEO PacketVideo
In our test of TwonkyServer, I was able to install the app and connect it to a Samsung DLNA TV in under a minute. We were amazed at the ease of use and how quickly it connected. There is virtually no setup required for TwonkyServer. Just launch the app and it will scan your phone for any media including pics, music, and video.
Pictures and music were beamed with ease, but we did encounter some issues when playing video. Our Nexus One records video in the 3gp format and the Samsung TV did not support the audio codec. We also found the PS3 was unable to play the video as well. Hopefully future firmware updates will allow these devices to fully support the popular 3gp format.
Grab the app from the Market and share your experiences with us. For more information on TwonkyMedia products from PacketVideo (including TwonkyMedia manager and TwonkyBeam) please visit twonkymedia.com