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Belfiore: Only the Nokia Lumia 1520 might have the necessary hardware to run Miracast

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Belfiore: Only the Nokia Lumia 1520 might have the necessary hardware to run Miracast
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore sent out a tweet on Sunday, with news that might upset some Windows Phone users. Despite Microsoft's statement at the unveiling of Windows Phone 8.1, that the new build of the OS supports Miracast, Belfiore's tweet revealed that certain hardware requirements are lacking on most Windows Phone 8 models. That means that even after the update, these phones will not be able to run Miracast.

Windows Phone's Belfiore says that the Nokia Lumia 1520 might be the only model that will work with Miracast after the update to Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone's Belfiore says that the Nokia Lumia 1520 might be the only model that will work with Miracast after the update to Windows Phone 8.1

According to Belfiore, who heads up the Windows Phone group, the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet might be the only Windows Phone model that will run Miracast. Of the two new models that have been announced by Nokia, the Nokia Lumia 930 meets the hardware requirements for the screencasting service. That unit will have Windows Phone 8.1 installed out of the box.

Moving forward, we would expect Microsoft to release Windows Phone handsets with the necessary hardware requirements to make them compatible with Miracast. The technology allows smartphone users to mirror the screen on their device onto a television screen, sans wires.

source: @joebelfiore, NokiaViews via GSMArena

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posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:38 5

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Well that sucks. What are the required hardware to run Miracast? That's my question to him.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:46 6

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"What are the required hardware to run Miracast?"

At least a L1520. And, presumably the L930 and L929/Icon. You left yourself open for that one. ;-) I couldn't resist.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 12:02 6

7. Beijendorf (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


He even states he's not sure the Lumia 1520 can do it. Which makes me kind of laugh that they went with the same specifications in their 2014 flagship.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 13:13 4

11. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Did you even address his 'hardware' question? You gave some phone model numbers but not much else.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:18

21. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Uh, a model number has certain hardware specifications. Model number is a quicker way of referring to hardware specs without making a list. If you want specifics, perhaps you could look up the specs for the hardware I listed?

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 13:42

14. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


It requires both hardware and software.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracast
But most of the WP won't support miracast because the CPUs are too old and slow in most of the WP devices. Look at the 1020, 920, 925, 928, and all the dual core Snapdragon S4 1.5ghz CPUs or lower, will not support miracast. The reason is quite simple, there is not enough CPU horse power. Think about it, if your phone display is 1280x768 then not only does the display, but the sound as well has to be compressed and transmitted to a receiving miracast device. At the same time you play your game or app, or watch a video. That is not going to happen on an old dual core snapdragon S4 CPU.
If you really need miracast or video out (mhl, slimport), then there are a number of older Android devices that will support that.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 14:47 2

20. Mafiatounes (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


The Qualcomm S4 supports it! (See Qualcomm site) and apart from inbuilt hardware in the SOC you need the software.. WP8.1

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:38 4

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


My Moto X runs Miracast...it's a nice feature to have :-)

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:47 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Presumably the current Droids will run Miracast as well? Similar specs as the X and what-not.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 13:13 5

10. Scott93274 (Posts: 5042; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Sorry, I didn't know what Miracast was until now, and based off of what I just now read, it looks as though Android phones as old as the Galaxy SIII have been compatible with this... So what's wrong with Windows phone 8.1?

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 13:21 1

12. lyndon420 (Posts: 4564; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Possibly... I'm not entirely sure bud. I'm pretty sure wireless streaming was incorporated into a certain version of Android.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 13:46 1

15. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Miracast support was added into version 4 of Android (ICS). But there are other ways as well (mhl, slimport, mini HDMI). No WP device supports any video out hardware.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 11:53 6

5. fredmode01 (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Jul 2012)


90% (or more) of people don't even care or know/use this feature.. so, no problem about it, or about not good enough hardware, I won't trade my 5 monthes old Lumia 925 for something newer..
Can't wait to get my 8.1 update though.. ^_^

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 13:51 3

16. sgodsell (Posts: 3899; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You should correct that statement. 90% of Windows people don't know or even care or know/use this feature. More Android users know and do care about this feature.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:34 8

22. papss (unregistered)


I disagree.. you act like android users are all tech savvy folks and that's simply not true.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 00:21 2

27. skinny95black (Posts: 113; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)


Exatcly I am currently an android user yet I don't know that much about my phone yet so don't act like all android users are all tech geek s

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 12:00 2

6. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Of course it won't draw wpfan agro..they didn't have it when they bought the phone in the first place.

Or much else in extended abilities really other then a camera. The 1020 doesn't need this right?

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 12:18 1

9. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


This is livable. It's not like the group that have WP7 handsets and found they were left behind when WP8 was released.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 17:17 2

25. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


For the most part I didn't buy my phone to watch videos on it through the tv. Considering this requires wireless, I have been streaming movies before Droid even became a is on the G1. For some a neat feature, for 90% of the people I deal with that didn't even know Droid had it they won't use it either.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 12:10 2

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Droids from 2011. period.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 15:36 7

23. papss (unregistered)


Are you trying to justify your phone here? I see what you did. :-)

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:49 2

29. bon24x7 (Posts: 206; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


droids from 2011 had periods?? lol

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 13:32

13. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


lame, even the 3GS can mirror lol!!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 14:14 8

17. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2283; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Who cares about miracast...

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 14:30 5

18. Liveitup (Posts: 1798; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


You gotta get a laugh at the Androids fanboys quickness to bash WP, they obviously feel threatened by it especially now that the OS is going to compete with Google's Android OS on a more level playing field now that the OS is License free just like Android but without the patent. WP is more than just features its a great overall experience so much so its convinced Google to go flat.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 14:32 3

19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I feel like if he never mentioned this, then nobody would have known/cared but now everyone is gonna hold it against Microsoft.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 16:53 2

24. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Nokia PlayTo!

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 20:57

26. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Funny how some are dismissing this....and inferring few Android users know about this...when TV Out was introduced in Android land on the HTC Incredible, Galaxy 1. Droid X, EVO had HDMI Out... When each phone was released there were demos of these features....still up on Youtube too.

Most Android phones since then has either had HDMI Out, MHL capabilities, or wireless mirroring...

Dont underestimate users knowledge.

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 04:33

28. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


It's not caused by the hardware but the WP limits it. Too bad

posted on 07 Apr 2014, 06:41 1

30. greenlife (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


I love Nokia smartphone

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