Lenovo has been unveiling its latest creations at its Tech World 23015 conference, and here we have the Lenovo Cast streaming device that fills a similar role to Google’s Chromecast device. Instead of looking like a weirdly shaped USB stick though, the Lenovo Cast looks rather like a hockey puck, black and round.
Apps designed to help users stream content to their Chromecast devices continue to update on a fast pace and AllCast has been no exception. The latest update adds support for DLNA servers. Unlike some other apps that force content to be streamed via an Android devices, Koushik Dutta’s latest update enables content on a DLNA server to be delivered straight to the Chromecast device. Read more
Another app has been updated in Google Play giving users the ability to play local content to their Chromecast devices. Bubblesoft has updated their BubbleUPnP app that functions as a control point, media renderer and media server. Unlike some other apps that make Chromecast support an in-app purchase, BubbleUPnP enables this feature for Chromecast natively supported formats MP3, AAC, Vorbis, MP4 and MKV (H264) and makes it unrestricted. Read more
Koushik Dutta has done it again. His popular app, AllCast (which doesn’t require root access), has been released to the Play Store. The app will let you stream pictures and video to pretty much any device. This includes Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Apple TV, Samsung and Panasonic TVs, Google TV, and all DLNA-enabled devices.
Unsurprisingly, Chromecast is not supported because it’s still heavily restricted by Google. You can download the application for free, but you’ll get ads, splash-screens, and a limit on length of videos you can watch. To remove the limitations, you’ll have to pay a $4.99 fee for the unlock key— a price well worth it when you consider what you’re getting from the app.
Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.
Back when the Chromecast was first released, several developers immediately jumped on efforts to add functionality Google had left out. That was until Google decided to lock down the devices. One app that was left out in the cold by that move was Koushik Dutta’s AllCast app that enabled the casting of all kinds of local content from an Android device to a Chromecast. In response, Dutta decided to take AllCast in a new direction and has built out the app so that it can stream content to DLNA-capable devices, along with the Xbox 360, Roku, Apple TV, and Samsung Smart TVs. Read more
Those of you in the market looking for a modest phone on a modest wireless carrier may want to pay attention right now. Alltel Wireless has launched the Alcatel One Touch Ultra 960C that is now available both in retail stores and online. The device looks to allow Alltel customers to do the absolute basics without too much hassle thanks to a 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera plus 720P video, built-in DLNA and Gingerbread 2.3 (sigh).
While the device’s specs are not exactly the most desired, the price may be. The device will be priced at $19.99 on-contract or if contract’s don’t tickle your fancy, the device is available for a desirable $199.99. Yup— the price of the Alcatel One Touch Ultra 960C suddenly made it look pretty appealing for many folks out there– especially since . You’ll find additional details of the device once you check out the full presser after the break.
HTC is out to ensure its customers have the easiest means possible to connect its smartphones to A/V units by introducing its HTC Connect certification for select A/V receivers. Here’s how it works: A/V manufacturers such as Pioneer will release units bearing an HTC Connect logo and then HTC smartphone owners will be able to connect their phones to the A/V units via a DLNA-based connection. HTC also mentions the possibility of extending the connections beyond DLNA to Bluetooth and maybe even NFC or car audio/video eventually too.
HTC isn’t waiting around to refine this technology either. It currently is developing a major software update for its One Series of smartphones and plans on releasing it in the coming months. Additional details are lacking for now, but you can bet HTC will provide more info as we get closer and closer to seeing its Connect certification a reality. Hit the break for the full presser from HTC.
Didn’t believe the hype surrounding HTC’s Media link at MWC this year did you? Well those who were skeptics will now be believers as the sweet wireless HD accessory has made its rounds at the FCC and looks primed for a release sometime within the next month or so. That means we’ll be able to experience a DLNA alternative that will display photos, video, games, etc. very soon. Let’s just hope the price is right and doesn’t scare too many folks off into buying this cool accessory.
For those of you who have been highly coveting Apple’s Airplay, covet no more. HTC intro’d their new counter technology, HTC Media Link. Media link allows you, via a small black box, to seamlessly mirror content from your HTC smartphone wire free. The box allows you to stream photos, videos, music and more. To activate the technology all you have to do is perform a three finger swipe up on your smart phone and likewise to disconnect the service. In addition, while certain content is going on the big screen, the service allows you to still navigate and perform other functions on the device without interrupting what’s on the big screen. Want to stream Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go? Well, you’re all set my friend. So, what’s the difference from this technology and what HTC offered previously for mirroring? The company has stated with streaming on previous devices they used “DLNA” technology while the new application uses “proprietary wireless connectivity”. Stay tuned while we muster up price and availability for the service and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below. Check out the video courtesy of Cnet below.
Oh boy!!! It looks like we’re getting close to the inevitable launch of that elusive DROID 4 phone. Yes the phone should have been launched last month, but we’ve seen numerous hints that the delay of the phone wouldn’t be for too long. How can we be so sure? Well the DROID 4– also known as model XT894– has officially gotten its DLNA certification which not only highlights its DLNA functionality, but more importantly– it indicates that Verizon is just about ready to unleash its newest puppy to the masses. Looks like we won’t have to wait too much longer on what will be the hottest slider yet. Hopefully we will see the phone make an appearance over at CES this upcoming week… hopefully.