HTC Connect is an Apple AirPlay rival
HTC have just knocked another feature off the list of things that Apple’s iPhone range has over the Taiwanese manufacturer’s Android line: wireless streaming. HTC have lifted the lid on HTC Connect, a new certification program that will let audio and video hardware manufacturers display the fact that their gear works wirelessly with HTC products.
“The vision for HTC Connect is to allow our customers to easily stream their favorite high-quality video and audio from their smartphone into their home or car,” said Kouji Kodera, chief product officer, HTC Corporation.
“We’re also excited to announce Pioneer Electronics, a leader in the audio and video industry, as our first partner to demonstrate the initial HTC Connect certified audio experience for consumers.”
The first handsets to get the HTC Connect update will be HTC One series, including the HTC One X, One S and One V, with a software update landing a little later.
Though at present only using DLNA technologies, HTC Connect will soon also cover NFC and Bluetooth connectivity too.
As stated by Kodera, Pioneer will be the first company to offer HTC Connect-certified products, with a range of DLNA enabled audio/video receivers and wireless speakers.
No word yet on what this means for the HTC Media Link HD service. Odds on it gets folded into HTC Connect eventually.