Android is wonderful to watch pictures, films and more alone, but what a your company? We illustrate how a phone or tablet is connected to our television.
You can use a MHL / SlimPort or Micro-HDMI cable to link a Android phone or tablet with a TV if endorsed, or cast your screen wirelessly using Miracast or Chromecast. We will examine your possibilities to view the phone or tablet on a TV in this article.
Tables and phones are ideal for individual consumers, light weight and battery life with sharp and bright screens, which make everything from watching movies to checking pictures easier to handle.
However, larger crowds are demanding larger displays: how you can connect your Android tablet or phone without spending a fortune or drowning in a sea of wires? With Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, we live in a golden age of content.
Your TV is ideal for this and we will explore your options when it comes to having your mobile content on the large screen. This is not so great if you like to share the experience with more people. We will also look at the facilities that enable you and your suppliers to share pictures, videos and subscriptions on the large screen.
Wirelessly connect Android to TV
The video directly from a tablet into your TV has little to beat the wow factor. Android’s good thing is that there is more than one way to do this. Miracast is an ad-hoc network between two devices that typically support your tablet, and a Miracast-enabled box. More and more TVs support Miracast without additional hardware. Miracast uses H.264 to transmit video, meaning efficient compression and decent and complete high definition image quality. Miracast still supports digital rights management, i.e. iPlayer and YouTube, which allows TV transmissions. However– see below. Not all services work.Android devices running Android 4.2 support Miracast.
Google’s Chromecast is an alternative (and most user-friendly). This budget € 30 “dongle” connects to your TV’s replacement HDMI port and connects to your wireless network. Chromecast support is burgeoning which means the Chromecast dongle can be played with content from services such as iPlayer, Netflix, BT Sport and other, which do all the legwork instead of a tablet.
You can use Chromecast to watch your Android screen, enable you to go on a tablet and begin playing on your TV with (non-drm-protected) video. Same applications, games and pictures may be displayed on the screen. The pricer Chromecast Ultra is also available to stream 4 K content.
AirPlay supports BBC’s iPlayer too. Please note that the program Sky Go can not be viewed on your AirPlay television on your TV. Go here to our step-by-step guide to further iPad and iPhone streaming.
Which devices support Chromecast mirroring?
Chromecast mirrors were previously supported only by several devices, but any Android phone with v4.4.2 or greater can now support the Cast Screen functionality. However, a list of Android appliances tested for Android Screen casting is present –see Google’s article.
HDMI is the standard interface of the day (High Definition Multimedia Interface). The HDMI port of your TV, like almost all set-top boxes, games consoles, and a good amount of stills and video camera, has been purchased in the last 10 years.
The advantage of the HDMI is that it also accommodates HD video and audio simultaneously, apart from its ubiquity (which means it is cheap), which allows you to connect devices without worrying about seeing a film in the high HD, but with tinny speakers in your tablet. A HDMI output provides an benefit over the iPad of Apple for many Android tablets.
There are three sizes of HDMI pluggers available. Ordinary HDMIs (or Type A, left, or Type A) are ports of full size that you can find on computers with room no problem. Type Cs (or Mini HDMI, right) and Type D (Micro HDMI, right) sockets that will probably be found on tablets and phones will be the least of them.
Whichever type of port your tablet has, connecting it to an HDMI socket isn’t going to cost you the Earth: expect to pay under £10 (under £5 in some cases) for an HDMI to Mini- or Micro-HDMI cable.
A range of tablets have either HDMI or its miniaturised variants. It’s the most straightforward approach. You’re not limited to buying a tablet with an HDMI output to connect it to your TV, though.
MHL or SlimPort
HDMI’s simple to comprehend: a port, after all, that does only one thing. The disadvantage is that the HDMI output is not all tablets and very few telephones do.
The good news is that there are a couple of widely supported standards that allow Android owners to connect using their microUSB port with external displays. MHL (Mobile high definition link) and the newer SlimPort are the standards in question. They both look the same and show that they merely use the microUSB port on an Android device for video delivery.
Microsoft has performed its best to boost its 2-in-1 laptop market by supporting video and audio on up to eight surround sound channels, like HDMI, SlimPort and MHL. Both typically involve breakout boxes: a tiny dongle that transforms the signal from your phone into HDMI compatible between your device and television.
For a SlimPort or MHL signal converter, pay between £ 5 and £ 25. That makes things slightly costlier than using an HDMI port tablet, but MHL is supported in particular by a large range of phone makers and tablets.
MHL is presently on version three, improving maximum resolution to 4 K-although it costs little more. MHL has experienced different releases. That’s the same thing as SlimPort and it implies that both norms are technically quite comparable.
One benefit MHL has is that the assistance of different TV producers is: look back on your TV and if the HDMI port contains an MHL logo above, you can use an HDMI to micro-USB cable to link them to each other. Bonus.
You need an adapter if your television doesn’t support MHL or a SlimPort device. Users of SlimPort should expect to pay around £ 15, and consumers of MHL could spend somewhat less. If you use MHL, it is probable that you need an outside power source: up to 10 watts can be generated from the MHL 3 host.
SlimPort doesn’t require an external power supply (it draws a small amount of power out of your device). However, both devices need an on-screen tablet so that boxes are usually connected with a microUSB port. MHL and SlimPort support varies widely. You need to verify your device’s requirements before shopping for an adaptor with three distinct variants of MHL plus SlimPort.