One of the most useful features for any smartphone is the ability to connect wirelessly to other devices. Windows Phone 8 has unfortunately been lacking in this department, but Nokia is here to make up for it with a new beta release of their DLNA app Play To.
For those unfamiliar with the app, it’s a simple method of connecting your phone to devices that support DLNA connectivity (PCs, Xbox 360, certain TVs, etc.) over a Wi-Fi network. Once connected, you can then output pictures, music, and video onto that device from your Lumia.
Play To has been unavailable for Windows Phone 8 users, until now. However, this beta has been released through Nokia’s Betalabs website which requires you to login/create a Nokia Account before downloading the app. Also, the beta is mostly identical to the 7.x version but it currently does not include Media Server support which means PlayStation 3 owners won’t be able to connect the console to their phones yet. There’s also a list of devices supported and another list of devices with known issues, which can be seen here.
All of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 devices so far support the app, but each one requires the latest PR 1.1 firmware update (except for the Lumia 620):
- Nokia Lumia 920 – PR1.1 (1232.5951.1249.0001)
- Nokia Lumia 820 – PR1.1 (1232.5951.1249.0001)
- Nokia Lumia 822 – PR1.1
- Nokia Lumia 810 – PR1.1
- Nokia Lumia 620 – Any firmware
If you’re one of the lucky ones whose device ticks all of those beta requirements, you can download Play To on your Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device for free by visiting Nokia Betalabs (or scan the QR code below to download it from your phone). If you’re looking for the app on your Windows Phone 7.x device, Play To is already available in the Nokia Collection as a free download here.