Qualcomm releases Skifta 1.0 Android app for easy media streaming to/from your smartphone or tablet
Qualcomm Atheros just announced that Skifta 1.0 is available in the Android Market for any smartphone or tablet with Android 2.2 Froyo and above. The app, which was in beta versions until now, allows for your media to be streamed easily to your phone, regardless of whether it is stored in the cloud or on your home computer, and, more importantly, you can stream multimedia from your phone to any DLNA-enabled gear like TVs, computers and home stereos, without having to use a 3rd party media server software.
Skifta is the first DLNA Certified app from the respective association, which should stand for something, and you can use both Wi-Fi or 3G data connections for the festivities. The app transforms your Android device into a "global media remote control", and features a Channel library. The Skifta Channels grant you immediate access to Facebook photos, Picasa, Flickr, Soma, Napster, TED Talks and many other media outlets, so you can manage streaming all from one place.
"Extensive discussions with our beta group boiled down to this: Skifta should eliminate the barriers between consumers and their media," says Dan Rabinovitsj, GM of the networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros. "The new version of Skifta addresses this issue with 3G support and media server software, and it goes a step further to deliver a powerful solution that puts the smartphone or tablet at the center of the connected home."
Watch a promo video of the Skifta app in action below.