Smart sharing, How to free your media with the Galaxy S

As big as the 4-inch screen of the Samsung Galaxy S is, the video files and photos it holds are even better quality than it can manage. The phone’s superlative video capabilities are best shown off on your living room TV. See, the Galaxy S can play HD content. Find out how to unleash the Galaxy S’s true power with AllShare connectivity here.

Ground control to major Android
Hook the Samsung Galaxy S up to a Wi-Fi network and the pre-installed AllShare app can be used to wirelessly connect to all sorts of devices, using DLNA protocols. Don’t worry if you don’t know what they are – AllShare is designed to bridge the gaps between the ultra-techie concepts involved in wirelessly sharing files, so that you don’t have to worry about them.

All you need to do is fire up the AllShare app, which can be found right near the top of the Samsung Galaxy S’s standard apps menu, and the phone will become discoverable by default. If you’re not in a “safe” Wi-Fi environment, where you know all the devices on the network, you can stop your phone being instantly discoverable from within the Settings menu. You then have three options to choose from.

The first lets you transmit media held on your phone’s memory to any nearby compatible devices, over Wi-Fi. Select it and the Samsung Galaxy S will scan the network for these devices – and the list of gadgets AllShare can connect with is growing all the time. Certain televisions, Blu-ray players and computers are all in the AllShare party already, and you can connect with games consoles like the Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 too.

Transmitting the goods
Select the device you want to transmit to and the Samsung Galaxy S will then display all the suitable media files stored on the phone, ready to fire over. The first obvious use of this wireless video tech is to play movies or video clips you’ve shot with the Galaxy S’s camera on your TV without having to go to the bother of using cables, or converting files, but it has some more serious applications too.

You could use AllShare to send video to a compatible TV or projector, to give a video presentation without all the awkward setting up involved when hooking up a laptop to do the same job.

It works the other way too – the second option in the AllShare app lets you stream video from a PC to your phone. Thinking about professional uses again, this would be perfect for a small-scale meeting, letting you grab video files or photos from a computer somewhere else in the building. Want to show the latest concepts to a client or team member? Now you can, without needing to lug your laptop everywhere, since they’re instantly accessible on the Samsung Galaxy S handset. It’s almost too easy…

Remote control power
AllShare isn’t finished yet though. Using the third option from the AllShare app, you can turn the Samsung Galaxy S into the middle man – sending video from a server to a third AllShare device, whether it’s a TV, projector or Blu-ray player, through your phone.

This effectively turns the Samsung Galaxy S into a remote control, letting you choose the video played, and control it while it’s playing, no matter where the file itself is stored. Forget universal remote controls, this is something else. Whether you’re planning a multimedia presentation or just vegging out in front of the TV, with a season’s worth of TV episodes stored on a computer half-way across the house, it’s this third AllShare application that’s the most exciting.

We all share with AllShare

AllShare isn’t something that’s only seen on the Samsung Galaxy S. It also features in Samsung TVs, Samsung Blu-ray players, camcorders and PCs. For completely complication-free media streaming, AllShare on the Samsung Galaxy S works best with another AllShare device, but it’ll also work with other non-AllShare DLNA devices too. Those include the likes of the Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, several set-top boxes, TVs and Blu-ray players.

Check out the Samsung Galaxy S in action…


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