May 27 AT 9:09 PM Taylor Wimberly 33 Comments

Hands-on HDMI out with the Sprint EVO

No retail stores are stocking the micro HDMI cable needed for the Sprint EVO just yet, but one of our visitors pointed out anyone can order one online (Thanks Cary). Arrow Electronics is selling the correct cable for under $10 and I overnighted one to test it out. If you feel like grabbing your own, they have about 125 left in stock and my order processing went very smooth. If those happen to sell out, I’m sure our Android accessories store will stock them soon.

Getting the HDMI out working was fairly simple as it’s just plug and play. After the micro HDMI cable is connected to the phone and TV, there will be a HDMI icon in the notification bar to let you know everything is working.

I can think of all kinds of cool uses for sending video from my Android phone to a TV, but it appears the functionality is limited to the Gallery app right now. Users can playback pictures and video that they captured on the phone and that’s about it. I’ve been told Sprint is blocking the other apps from displaying video due to DRM issues.

Hopefully the HDMI out features will be expanded in a future software update. If someone discovers a hack to make more apps work, please let me know and I’ll share with the group.

Update: Some people are claiming that YouTube works, but I have been unable to get any video out with it. This could be related to the compatibility issues we discussed between HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 1.0-1.3 devices. My TV is 2 years old, so maybe that is the issue. I have the Samsung LN46A650.

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