Jul 02 AT 12:17 PM Taylor Wimberly 47 Comments

Samsung Galaxy S does video out via 3.5 mm headset jack

Did you know some Android phones can do video out via the 3.5 mm headset jack? We have seen examples of video out using USB and HDMI, but the Galaxy S is the first Android phone (that I know of) to offer this feature using a 3.5 mm headset jack. I find this kind of surprising since we just attended the Galaxy S launch party and no one from Samsung mentioned this interesting feature.

Apparently the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S has a TV out option built into the display settings that allows you to pick your TV type (PAL or NTSC). All you need is the appropriate cable, which goes from the 3.5 mm jack to the standard AV ports on your television.

Best of all, this implementation of TV out mirrors the phone’s display and shows everything that happens on the phone in real time (see video below). This includes the home screen, web browsing, games, and any other Android applications. Previous phones like the HTC EVO 4G limited video out to the Gallery application and YouTube (which I could never get to work).

We have no idea if the U.S. versions of the Galaxy S will include this TV out feature, but we do know they can share video via WiFi using DLNA. The only problem with that solution is your TV must support DLNA, which is mostly limited to newer HDTV sets.

If we can confirm with Samsung that the Galaxy S does TV out with the 3.5 mm headset jack, we will post an update and let you know.

Source: HDBlog.it

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  • http://Website Trung

    Amazing! Crossing my fingers that it’ll be supported on the Vibrant.

    • http://Website Android_Enthu

      Vibrant does support Tv-out. CNET reviewed the phone & confirmed that tv-out is supported.
      So are you happy now ?;-)

  • http://Website ari-free

    this was a big issue for me since most TV’s don’t have dlna (though that is the best tech since it is wireless) and it does a better job than the Evo!

  • TUG265

    ya if the Vibrant gets this feature too, i’m for sure picking it up.

    • http://Website Android_Enthu

      Yes – Vibrant does support it. this is confirmed by CNET. so go & buy one before it gets sold :-)

  • http://Website Dragonthe

    Now please o please port this feature to the desire!

  • http://Website Eddie Android

    Meh nothing new. I had that when I used to own a Nokia N900. Proud N1 owner here BTW

  • http://Website John

    I wonder if we could have this on nexus soon.

  • http://Website Ban

    This is related the the hardware right? Not the software?

  • http://Website Z

    This is like icing on the cake if it comes equipped on the US models since not all tvs support DLNA. I already plan on getting a samsung galaxy s on sprint, this just gives me more of a reason to do it.

    • http://Website Zeninsight

      You said it. Sprint Epic, here I come.

  • http://Website Mark

    According to Samsung there is no tv-out-cable for the Galaxy S
    But the Nokia CA-75U kable works.

  • http://Website Alan McGarrity

    Im really annoyed that my HTC Desire can’t do this, or at teh very lest hasn’t been enabled, It is something I loved doing with my nokia! Espically if I was in the garage with the old CRT 14 Portable, Great times.

  • http://Website David

    The promo video for the Incredible video out showed it also displaying whatever was on the phone’s screen. Haven’t personally tried it because the cable isn’t available yet.

  • http://Website GAM3R
  • http://Website Tom

    I wonder if the DLNA would work with a PS3… that’s how I stream from my PC to my HD Samsung. You’d probably have to switch your PS3s networking settings to wireless though (if like me you’ve got a small wired network going). I don’t think it can do both at once.

    • http://Website Android_Enthu

      yes it will..

  • http://Website Peter

    Here is another video of another Galaxy S user doing the TV out:

  • http://mikeriosisawhore.com Mike Rios

    If that’s the case, then I might have to trade in my EVO for a EPIC…

  • http://roiji.info roiji

    It’s a great feature that I loved on my previous Omnia II.
    That’s a plus point for the Galaxy S in my Galaxy S vs. Droid X chart… <3

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    This is all well and good but I think the real question we all want to know is what does HD video data SOUND like?!


  • http://overclockers.ge NODO-GT

    i guess you don’t get HD resolution when running HD video on galaxy…?
    you need HDMI for that?

    • http://Website Chris

      The TV-out is just a composite signal, so no, there’s no HD output, it comes out at whatever res a composite does. I think you can play 720p video, but it’ll be downscaled.

      Allshare (the DLNA thing on the phone) does 720p fine. I haven’t been able to check this out on a TV as mine’s a couple of years old, but it sends to and receives from my various laptops/desktops no problem at all.

  • http://raydowe.com Ray

    It’s a great feature, I’m wondering why no one talks about it?

    Most people don’t know that the Zune 120, and the older iPod Video (5G) both have this feature as well. For some reason, the manufacturers didn’t do much in the way of advertising it.

  • http://Website Adam

    My Motorola Motoroi XT720 (South Korean model) has this feature – actually I think it was the first Android phone to offer it.

  • http://Website lolwut

    This is such a win. Excellent vid of game play and video output! I’m excited that Samsung’s default media player can handle such a variety of file formats, especially FLV files. This is totally the answer to what I’ve been looking for.

  • http://Website Omega Don

    I love my vibrant. given that it plays all my divx movies right out the box. and now a tv composite out!

    I’m in device heaven.

  • http://Website RichH

    Anyone know which clock/weather widget he’s using?

  • http://Website luciferro

    it work excellent with the tv out cable from my nokia 5800 xpress music. image and sound on my tv

    • http://Website precious

      i tried using my Nokia 5800 tv out plug on my vibrant and i get wavy lines on screen you have boy suggestions?

    • http://Website precious

      didn’t work with my 5800 Nokia wire any suggestions

  • http://Website Vibrant Owner

    1. Just plug the 3.5mm plug into the vibrant headphone jack.
    2. on the phone: settings>sounds & display> tv out> (check box)
    3. switch the color cables on the composite side. (red male to yellow female…white to white)
    (I believe they want you to buy a special cable for the phone, but switching the colors on a
    normal composite cable works fine)

    • http://Website David

      Wish it was that easy…tried 3 different cables and 2 different phones and no video displays on my 2 different tvs.

      Bad batch of phones? Thinking of taking the phone back to tmobile and swapping it with a new one to see if that works.

      • http://Website David

        and yes I set the TV OUT option on the phone to “ON”

  • http://Website evie

    Yes it does! The vibrant supports tv out. All u have to do is buy the 3.5mm cord (which i bought at radio shack for about $30). The only thing is you plug the white cord to the white port and switch the other two colors. I love my vibrant, my kids cant get enough of those gummy bear videos on my 60 inch tv let me tell you!

  • http://www.myspace.com/killer_g_666 Roach

    Speaking of mobile TV cables I’ve been using the TV connection I got wit my old N95 works beautifully and instantly. had fun with it the other day playing angry birds on my Galaxy S on my TV so much fun

  • http://Website doug schneider

    does the optimus s have video out?

  • http://Website Samsungfan

    why cant I get to work my vibrant on tv out

  • nicejane

    what’s more exciting is that Samsung galaxy even could play any video format including AVI, MKV, WMV, RM, FLV, MOV, Xvid, DivX, 3GP, WebM, VP8 and more with the following methoud

    • http://Website Globalastro

      That’s not “playing any video format”, that’s converting video to a galaxy playable format therefor it is no longer in any of the formats you’re link refers to.

  • http://Website Amaan

    I dont think v have an option to select the settings for TV in Sanasung Galaxy GT i9003… Can any1 help????

    • fahad qaseem

      if you found the soluio then please also tell me, ih have same prob.
      [email protected]

  • charles-Ian

    So this may be the dumbest question but basically Can the TV out function only work on flat screens because i have an older TV and im just trying to make sure.

  • jake

    My galaxy s does not do the tv out function with the 3.5 mm jack. Bought the same cord as shown in the video and it does not work on my Samsung tv.

  • Mike

    Please help – I purchased a samsung galaxy S 4G with 2.3.4 installed but the TV OUT does not work!!! I bought the official samsung cable AND the NOKIA Cable and NOTHING!! I bought the phone purely for TV OUT and it doesnt work.!!! I feel like its a wasted. Please help me get this to work. I don’t know what else to try.

    • fahad qaseem

      1. Just plug the 3.5mm plug into the vibrant headphone jack.
      2. on the phone: settings>sounds & display> tv out> (check box)
      3. switch the color cables on the composite side. (red male to yellow female…white to white)
      (I believe they want you to buy a special cable for the phone, but switching the colors on a
      normal composite cable works fine)

  • Ben

    US cellular Galaxy s phones do not have video out. Period. All other phone companies support video out on the galaxy s. The galaxy s mesmerize dose not have video output of any kind.