Qualcomm Wants to Connect All Devices, doubleTwist Obliges
Samsung today announced an extension of its AllJoyn platform to make it even easier for consumers to connect their devices with one another. First, Qualcomm is offering developers a new AllJoyn SDK that "address discoverability, connectivity, security and management of dynamic, ad-hoc networks between nearby devices." Qualcomm believes its new SDK will help push along the "Internet of Everything" by giving end-users more control. AllJoyn offers four key capabilities: It lets smartphones control and connect to other non-smart devices; it offers a standard text, image, and multimedia notification service; it allows media streaming between devices using open standards (MagicPlay); and it allows devices to push their media player's user interface to other devices. It coordination with Qualcomm's efforts, doubleTwist today announced MagicPlay, which is a new open source wireless media streaming platform. MagicPlay, which will first be available as an Android application, lets smartphones connect easily with any other network-enabled media device, such as wireless speakers, SmartTVs, and so on. MagicPlay essentially offers the same functionality that DLNA does, but uses a spiffier user interface and gives smartphone owners far more control over what's being connected, and how the media is played back. doubleTwist expects to make MagicPlay available to other platforms later this year. MagicPlay is built into AllJoyn.
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