Sony Ericsson with a free mobile to full screen service
29 November 2011 by Olav Hellesø-Knutsen
Sony Ericsson recently announced a service where media on Xperia smartphones can be shared easily on a larger displays
If you own a relatively new smartphone, you have probably been wanting to share your captured videos and images on a larger display. This can be accomplished in several ways. Transfer your photos to a PC via Bluetooth or USB cable, or shared on a TV using WLAN and DNLA, or maybe you are lucky enough to have a smartphone with a HDMI plug for those high-res video clips.
Now, Sony Ericsson has come up with yet another way to share content. The new service is called VScreens and the highlight with this service is the lack of configuration required by the user. Just open vscreens.com in a web browser and use the phone to scan the QR-code viewable on the larger screen. If you have installed the companion Android app (iPhone app coming soon), it will start up and let you browse the media gallery in the phone and show this on the larger display.
Update: Sony Ericsson claims the photos only are cached temporarily on vscreens to improve performance. This is not true. If you know the URL of the image, you can find it using the same URL address the next day as well.
The services will work on any Android devices with version number 2.1 and up. The instructions on the Vscreens site says only image media are supported, but the latest Android app has a tab for sharing video as well. We did not manage to view video on a larger display but Vscreens is a beta service so you should expect to see the video sharing possibility shortly.
Currently the service has a few bugs. Re-sizing the browser window while looking at the embedded Flash object crashed our Chrome browser. But we found no bugs in IE, Safari or Firefox.
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does this work on the x10?
Yes it does.
Love this app, extremely easy to use but could benefit from some tweaks here and there.
One is fullscreen, but hey it's still beta and it rocks.
Really great one, but has problem with the videos in my xperia mini. It says that I "must be on the same network as the connected screen", while it doesn't have that problem with images. I suppose it'll be solved in the future, as it's still beta.