- 08-01-2013, 10:52 PM #1
So I have wanted Microsoft to build an Apple TV equivalent at the same or (preferably) lower cost.
I also wanted Microsoft (or a Windows OEM) to put wireless charging into a tablet.
Chromecast and the new Nexus 7.
I don't expect new features to come quite as fast with Windows/WP products like they do on Android/Chrome/Chromium. That said, the two things I mentioned about should have been doable by now. Microsoft could have been trying AppleTV like software out on the XBox for awhile now, then spin it off to a non-gaming solution. Obviously, wireless charging doesn't take a whole lot to add into current designs. Features like this aren't brand new or gimmicky. I hope that once more 8in Windows tablets come, wireless charging will start making a showing.
There are plenty of features you see on Android devices are close to useless (wave hand to go forward on a webpage...really?). I am glad we don't see those on our Microsoft devices.
Are there any signs of a more nimble MS? That side needs to come out! Along with At Bat 2013 for my 920!
- 08-01-2013, 10:59 PM #2
That's an interesting question.
I can see where Chromecast will appeal to a lot of people. It would be nice to see something similar from Microsoft.
- 08-01-2013, 11:08 PM #4
I want a native solution though that is as deeply integrated as Airplay.
- 08-01-2013, 11:39 PM #6
Just though of this: Xbox Music (Zune Music) is still tied down to Microsoft (for the most part) when talking about phones and tablets while newer Google Music is a lot more available. Let me use Xbox music easily on my Android devices along with my 920 please!
- 08-02-2013, 09:23 AM #7
I would think that Microsoft would want to add these features by the time Windows Phone 8.1 comes around, but who knows.
- 08-02-2013, 09:39 AM #8
I had a PTV 3000 that I couldn't use with my Note 2 even though it was an officially supported device. Miracast never seems to work properly for me and many others. This was an Android phone and just my personal experience, so YMMV.
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- 08-02-2013, 10:19 AM #9
DLNA is so incredibly hit or miss. Some devices never talk to each other, while others have extremely tight limitations on file types.
While I haven't personally used Miracast, I have read up on it. It doesn't sound very reliable at all.
While I do think open standards are great, nothing currently is as full featured and works nearly as well as airplay. Chromecast is a great start for Google. We will see if it can fulfill the same needs. Unfortunately, that won't help WP users.
- 08-02-2013, 11:33 AM #11
The DLNA limitations you're talking about above are why Microsoft maintains a separate list of approved devices, but that does have the disadvantage of limiting out some devices that would work. And Miracast definitely is slightly hit or miss at the moment, but there's also a ton of implementations of it. Theoretically, with Microsoft providing it in the OS, that would mean that there's only a single implementation that the receivers have to support... something that is decidedly not the case with Android implementations of it.
Ideally, all Microsoft has to do is release a small and inexpensive device (Xbox TV?) that implements these open standards that their OS is using in a rock-solid way. After all, the only difference with Apple is that they're able to tightly control the receiver devices (generally an Apple TV) that their closed standard of AirPlay works with.
- 08-02-2013, 11:46 AM #12
Obviously the OS doesn't currently support it, but to say it is impossible is very misleading
If Miracast can be done in a way that is just as easy and reliable as Airplay, I am all for using it. I haven't seen that to be even close to being true, but we will just have to wait and see.
- 08-02-2013, 03:10 PM #13
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