The creatively titled (and insanely useful) Nokia Play To application now has a tentative released window of first quarter 2013. The app is available for earlier Windows Phone 7.5 devices, but has sorely been missed in the newer lot of Windows Phone 8 smartphones.
Quite similar to Apple’s media streaming technology, AirPlay, Nokia Play To is a set of proprietary protocols that allow wireless sharing of audio, video and photos between devices.
Obviously, this begs the question why the app was not included from the onset on such high-end devices like the Lumia 920 and 820. This made it a lost feature for early adapters of these two smartphones. And considering how useful this app is, it is no small matter.
Nokia, for its part, announced a month or so back that the application was in development.
Nevertheless, the team working on the app now confirmed in a post on Nokia Beta Labs that the application will be ready for Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 devices early next year. The lead program manager, Eero Penttinen had this to share:
“ETA for the availability of PlayTo for Nokia WP8 devices is 1Q 2013. We are working hard to make it available ASAP, but we do have dependencies to underlying DLNA services which can only be delivered with updated firmware”.
The DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) supported application was initially launched on the Symbian platform, before being ported to Windows Phone 7 to great success. It is estimated that there are currently more than 440 million DLNA-certified devices out in the open, from digital cameras to HDTVs.
Lumia owners running Windows Phone 8 have eagerly been awaiting the port, as the current version is incompatible with the newer OS and screen resolutions.
Currently the development team is finishing up the application and preparing to make it available for beta testing. More information is said to be available soon.
We’ll keep you posted as soon as some movement occurs on this front.