Want to stream videos, photos, or music from your smartphone to your TV? There are plenty of products that can help, including Google TV, Apple TV, and Roku. But you also have a new option that requires no additional hardware: Qualcomm’s Skifta app.
Better yet, Skifta is free.
The Skifta app is available in the Android Marketplace. To use it, you need a smartphone or tablet running Android 2.2 or higher. Your TV must also support DLNA, the technology standard of the Digital Living Network Association. If you have a newer HDTV, there’s a good chance it has DLNA built in. (There are more than 500 million devices with DLNA on the market today.) Look for the “DLNA-certified” sticker, or check your make and model on http://www.dlna.org/products.
Setup is easy. Connect your smartphone and TV to your home Wi-FI network. Launch Skifta, and the app will stream your mobile content to your television. Skifta works with DLNA-equipped stereos and PlayStation 3 game consoles too.
Skifta can also stream content from your home computer to your phone or tablet when you’re on the go. To get started, download Skifta’s desktop software on your Windows, Mac or Linux PC. This service works no matter where you are, as long as both your mobile device and your PC have an Internet connection.