Microsoft has a dongle in the works, and it is poised to take on Google's Chromecast by the look of things. The Miracast dongle would allow Lumia users to broadcast their mobile's screen to an HDTV, the benefits for which are obvious, and include watching movies on the big screen.
Philips has unveiled a new computer monitor called the 239C4QHWAB Miracast monitor. This display is able to stream content from your Android device in HD to the monitor with no other hardware needed. That means you can stream content from your tablet or smartphone to the monitor without needing a Chromecast or similar device.
Microsoft is preparing a Wireless Display Adapter for Surface, an HDMI dongle that appears to be designed to help Surface tablet owners to expand their desktop to a nearby screen. Spotted crossing the FCC as the Surface Wireless Display Adapter (1628), specific details on the dongle are redacted thanks to Microsoft's confidentiality request, meaning the user manual and testing photos aren't available.
Favi has unveiled a new version if its pico projector called the Favi Pico+. The Pico projector supports Miracast and Airplay wireless playback. The little pocket projector is very small, but can throw an image up to 100-inches in size. The projector is about the size of a smartphone.
Belkin has announced a new product that sounds similar to the Chromecast device we reviewed back in July when it launched. Belkin's new product is called the Belkin Miracast Video Adapter F7D7501. The device is designed to mirror smartphone content onto the big screen in your living room.
In less than 24 hours, Microsoft will be making Windows 8.1 available for download for all those users out there in the wild that work now with a full version of Windows 8. This release is being tipped as being a bit of a veil for a much larger shake-up to the Microsoft desktop and mobile ecosystem, said to be merging the two into one in a massive undertaking that'll dwarf the many tiny changes to the Windows software family. This isn't just about booting to desktop.
There's a 47-inch television sitting in a factory somewhere in China that's about to be revealed to the mainland, and if it succeeds with its smartphone-connected plan of action, the United States may very well be next on its list of places to visit. What we're seeing here is a set of photos taken on a factory floor in China courtesy of microblogger "Only_Engage", the first of which was spotted by Engadget last week, of a television created by the China-based brand Xiaomi. This machine has not yet been officially announced by the company - a company that's been relatively successful thus far in creating low-cost Android devices and an Android-based set-top box for televisions of all kinds.
The folks at Nyko have made a surprise one-two hit today with a variety of accessories that are aimed in the public eye directly at such next-generation devices as NVIDIA SHIELD. What we're seeing right here is the functionality described in our first presentation of their new SHIELD dock, but without the dock. Here we've got NVIDIA's SHIELD working as a miniature Android-based game console attached to an HDTV with a Nyko PlayPad Pro as a controller connected with Bluetooth.
Because both the Samsung GALAXY S 4 and the HTC One work with infrared-blasting hardware and they've both been grabbed by Google in the past few weeks, the next version of Android will likely have IR-Blaster-supporting drivers built-in. It's been confirmed today that both the HTC One and the Samsung GALAXY S 4 in their "Google Editions" will not have IR-Blaster support because this connection to their hardware is not part of the basic build of Android - it's made by HTC uniquely, and Samsung uniquely. As this is true, and as Android's next big update is well on it's way, one thing follows the other.