Most new Android phones now have DLNA support built in, which allows users to wirelessly stream audio, pictures, and video to their HDTV. Unfortunately most older HDTVs do not support DLNA so HTC is releasing a device this fall, codenamed Tube, which adds DLNA functionality to existing sets.
The Tube connects to any HDTV that has a HDMI port. Once plugged in, users can connect their phones to the Tube over WiFi and then share all their personal media on the big screen. The Tube was designed to work with HTC phones running the new Sense UI, but it should work with any Android phone that supports DLNA.
If your phone does not currently support DLNA, there are apps in the Android Market like TwonkyServer Mobile, Remote Media BETA, and iMediaShare that can add the same functionality for free. Game consoles like the Xbox 360 and PS3 also support DLNA if you are looking for another way to hook up your phone to a TV.
One final interesting thing to note about the Tube is HTC’s use of the 1 GHz OMAP3630 processor from Texas Instruments. HTC has traditionally used Qualcomm CPUs in their smartphones, so this is another sign that HTC is open to working with different component makers. We have long heard that HTC could also be working with NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 platform, so this tidbit of info makes those rumors a little more juicy.
No price point was announced for the Tube, but I’m hoping HTC gets it down under $100 if they want it to be successful.
[Thank you Michael for the tip]