When Apple had originally announced the iPad, I had no plans of getting it. However, after seeing all the brilliant apps available for it, and the huge potential it had, I had to buy it. I primarily used my iPad for browsing and watching movies. Since I had a 16GB variant, I was pretty much limited on space, and converting and then transferring movies to the iPad before watching them was kind of cumbersome and time-consuming.
Then one day, I found out about Air Video. The app allows you to stream videos from your PC or Laptop to your iPhone/iPad, over a Wi-Fi or 3G network. I have been a long time Android user, but NEVER found an app until today that could match Air Video in functionality.
Today, I came across Air Playit for Android. The app is similar to Air Video, and is also available for iPhone and iPad. The developers recently released a beta version of the app for Android handsets as well. Since its in beta, the app has not been released on the Android Market.
Air Playit will allow users to stream movies and music from their PC to their Android handset over a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G network. As with all other streaming apps available, there is a server app for Air Playit, which users need to install on their PC. The server app is available for Mac and Windows, with no Linux version planned. Air Playit can convert videos on-the-fly before streaming them, so users don’t need to convert a video beforehand. Keep in mind that converting videos on-the-fly, and streaming them to your phone requires you to have a pretty powerful PC.
Another nifty feature of the app is that it allows users to download a movie on their SD card so that they can watch it later. The app works flawlessly, and I was successfully able to stream a 6GB MKV file from my Mac Mini using Air Playit to my Galaxy S II.
Air Playit will work on any of the latest gen Android handsets sporting at least an 800MHz Cortex-A8 processor or higher. Interested readers can download Air Playit for their Android handset, and the required server app for their PC from here.
P.S. – Yes, there are somewhat similar apps available in the Android Market, but none of them come close to Air Playit!