Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is a pricier Chromecast alternative

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Belkin-Miracast-Video-AdapterThe Chromecast has been one of the hottest new products of 2013, and as any successful technology product, it’s going to inspire alternatives by other companies. The Belkin Miracast Video Adapter is the latest. The Miracast is able to mirror the screen of your phone’s or tablet, allowing users to enjoy games, videos, photos and apps in Full HD on a big-screen TV, just like the Chromecast does. For mirroring, mobile devices must have Miracast support, meaning they must run at least Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for some handsets, or Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for others.

The Miracast runs at $79, which is more than double the price of Google’s Chromecast. Also, the Chromecast has a lot more device support, including iOS, Windows, and OSX, making it seem like the better option, at least at first glance. Still, check out the source link if you are interested.

Source: Belkin


ASUS readying Miracast Dongle with hopes of mirroring success of Google Chromecast

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ASUS has released a video showing a new product they are preparing to launch, the ASUS Miracast Dongle. Similar to the Google Chromecast, the Miracast Dongle plugs into your television’s HDMI port to deliver content on the big screen. Using an appropriate device, like an ASUS tablet, users then make a wireless connection and configure their device. Unlike the Google Chromecast, ASUS says their Miracast Dongle will enable users to mirror their entire tablet screen to the big screen. At the same time, it appears ASUS has figured out a way to initiate a mirroring session from an app delivering content and then letting the user access other apps on their device while content continues to play. Another difference compared to the Google Chromecast is support for dual-band wireless at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz to help reduce latency in signal delivery. » Read the rest

Hands on with the Netgear Push 2 TV with Miracast [Video]

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As we see more and more of our devices get fitted with Miracast capabilties, we are seeing more and more accessories like the Netgear Push 2 TV display adapter find its way into the limelight. Using a trusty ol’ Galaxy S III smartphone, launching the All Share Cast widget and pairing the device with the adapter— users are able to display any and all content from the smartphone’s screen right onto the television’s screen via WiFi.

I know you’re all itching to see the capability in order to believe it, so head on past the break to see just a tease of what Miracast can do for your Miracast-enabled devices.


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Google Nexus 4 Smartphone Is The Only Nexus Device To Currently Support Miracast At This Time

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While we know that the new Nexus 4 will support the coveted Miracast feature thanks to Android 4.2, it appears that the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will each not support Miracast, despite operating on Android 4.2 as well. There seems to have been a major discussion on a Google Forum on whether or not the tablets would feature Miracast and while some users reported it worked and others didn’t— a user by the name of Eth@n took some time to confirm the following:


“Just wanted to confirm that Nexus 4 is currently our only Nexus device that works with Miracast wireless display on Android 4.2. There was a reference to wireless display on our Help site for Nexus 10, but we’ve since removed that reference. Our apologies for any confusion that may have caused.”


So there you have it— don’t try looking for Miracast for now— unless of course, you have a Nexus 4. Let’s see how Google handles this moving forward and wait for a possible update which should enable the feature for the rest of the Nexus devices out there.

source: Google Product Forums


Miracast streaming, other additions coming to Sony Xperia T/TX via latest update

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We discussed Miracast, the newest player in the streaming video segment earlier this year. It’s a segment that’s been around for a while that Android is playing catch up with, as it were. As a refresher, Miracast is similar to Samsung’s DLNA feature and a more recently announced feature of the Nexus 4 coupled with Android 4.2, which allows a person to mirror the images straight from a phone or tablet to a display over WiFi. This week a software update is beginning to roll out in Europe and Asia for the Xperia T/TX which includes this streaming functionality. The only catch is your network and your monitor will need to be Miracast-compatible.

An additional function which will likely appeal to battery-conscious users out there – and honestly who among us isn’t – is a feature which allows users to enable an extended standby function. This feature will disable data connections after a set amount of time, however what differentiates this from other features is that it’ll still allow for texts and calls to function as normal. Sony claims and extension of standby time by four-fold when opting in with this option. Other changes included with this update are some changes with the Movie and Walkman apps.

source:  Sony Mobile

Apple Airplay competitor Miracast to be adopted by the LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy S III

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A new era in streaming between devices may be upon us. Miracast is similar to DLNA and Apple’s Airplay in that it allows a person to stream a video or other images straight from a phone or tablet to a TV or projector. Miracast differs itself by giving the option to stream without needing WiFi because it can utilize WiFi direct. It can also automatically negotiating the best audio and video resolution.

The first phones with Mircast certification will be the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy III with more to come shortly. So far the only TV with certification is the Samsung Echo-P Series TV. You can use the Miracast feature with any WiDi-enabled displays. Hit the break for a Mircast video. » Read the rest

NVIDIA will support Miracast Wireless Display Standard for wireless mirroring on the big screen

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Within the next few months, the Wi-FI Alliance will launch the Miracast wireless display certification program. It enables devices such as televisions, phones, tablets, and computer monitors to share their displays wirelessly. According to NVIDIA, they are not only supporting it, they are embracing it. This means that eventually devices that have NVIDIA (ie Tegra 3) chips will not only be able to share photos and stream HD movies to the big screen, but will also be able to play any game on their mobile device via the big screen, all without wires. Pair it with a wireless controller and you have the perfect gaming system. We probably won’t see any devices hit the market till late this year or early 2013, but for a sneak peak on how it works, check out the video after the break. This is one area where Android is playing catch up with Apple.

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Here’s what gaming will be like on the Chromecast when mirroring becomes available

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We saw a ton of new stuff last week at Google I/O, but one thing that didn’t get as much press was mirroring for the Chromecast. Mirroring will allow you to cast whatever is on your Android device’s display to your TV. This should open up to more gaming via the Chromecast. You could use your phone as a controller, but what would make it even more interesting is to use your phone as a “motion” controller.

Anuj Tandon from Rolocule Games has posted a demo video of his Motion Tennis game using a Nexus 5 as a motion controller while casing to Chromecast. The biggest question is going to be latency, but Google has stressed that they have cut it down to almost nothing. So far, latency looks pretty minimal in the video.

Motion Tennis is already available on Apple TV and the Miracast, but should be available for Chromecast later this summer. Hit the break for the demo video.

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Amazon finally enters the smartphone game with the unveiling of the Fire Phone

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We have heard so many rumors regarding an Amazon smartphone, we were thinking it was just an urban legend. Today is a different story as Amazon finally announced their very own smartphone, not surprisingly called the Fire Phone.

It sports a 4.7-inch IPS LCD HD (1280 x 720) display, a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and OIS, and dual stereo speakers. It also features a dedicated camera shutter button, Gorilla Glass 3, a rubber frame, aluminum buttons, and injection-molded steel connectors. Amazon will even throw in tangle-free earbuds in the box.

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Asus debuts Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8

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fonepadWith Computex 2014 in full swing, ASUS has taken to announcing three new tablet devices, all three of which, are running 64-bit processors. These devices include the Fonepad 8, MeMO Pad 7 and MeMO Pad 8. The Fonepad runs on an Intel Atom Z3560 quad-core processor running at 1.8GHz. It comes with dual front-facing speakers and an 8-inch IPS display at 1280×800. It boasts a 72.2 percent screen-to-body ratio, letting it have as ASUS puts it, “the largest viewing area of any 8-inch phablet on the market.”

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