One of the slickest ways to zap HD video from your smartphone or tablet straight to your TV
Twonky Beam Browser Review
by Michael Sawh on January 16, 2012
If the arrival of Apple Airplay and Samsung’s AllShare has told us anything, it’s that smartphone and tablet users want their content everywhere and anywhere. The Twonky Beam Browser is currently already one solution which allows users to stream internet content instantly from their smartphone and tablets straight to their TVs over a Wi-Fi connection.
You will of course need to have a DLNA supported TV or Apple TV to use it, but it should work with your PS3 or Xbox 360 games console. We tested out the Beam Browser using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and the HTC Desire Z smartphone with a set-up and syncing process that is straightforward and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes if you already have your Apple TV or similar device in place.
The Beam Browser app works like an overlay for your standard internet browser positioning itself around the edges of your browser window where you’ll find the Beam toggle button, device selection, play, stop, volume and the queue button to create a list of videos for playback. The Beam icon simply appears on internet videos that are supported by the app which you can simply click to start playing on your TV.
The process is instant as promised and suffered from no real buffering issues. As most will quickly realise , there’s no Flash support which does rule out quite a bit of content, but there is support for the likes of YouTube and Vimeo which includes HD content. You should also be able to beam pictures and audio clips, however we found difficulty trying to get this to work.
One of the great aspects of the Beam Browser is the multitasking element which means you can select a video to play on your TV, and at the same time check your emails on your smartphone/tablet as the Twonky server continues running in the background.
For those wondering whether you can also share your own content, that isn’t possible through this particular app but Twonky does offer that service in other apps available on the Android Market.
We can’t really fault the Beam Browser in the performance department, having quickly transferred HD content to our TV screens, however we imagine the lack of Flash support will disappoint some. We would have liked to see the functionality of sharing our own content within the same app as opposed to having to download another one, but minor gripes aside, the Twonky Beam Browser is one of the best ways for you and your mates to watch your favourite YouTube flicks without having to huddle around your mobile.
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