Nokia Beamer

Nokia Beamer allows you to share your Lumia display with another device. And it’s the craziest thing we’ve ever seen

File this under the coolest thing we’ve seen today: Nokia Beamer.

Beamer is Nokia’s upcoming app that takes its lead from PhotoBeamer, an app currently available to Lumia owners. PhotoBeamer allows you to create a QR code to share photos with other devices. Nokia Beamer goes further and lets you mirror your Lumia’s display.

That’s right, you can share you display with another phone (or any device).

Look, we’re going to spare you the description. Just take the two minutes to watch us mirror the Lumia 1520’s 1080P display on a Lumia 925. It’s the craziest thing you’ll see today, we swear.


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Nokia Beamer allows you to share your Lumia display with another device. And it’s the craziest thing we’ve ever seen


But they're two ounces lighter than before!
(I think you guys may have missed the "/s" (sarcasm) in my orginal comment.)

It uses your internet connection. The connection we had there was spotty at best, so this could be a lot smoother when you're not a network with hundreds of other bloggers, journalists, and analysists. Can't wait to see it at home. 

Are you the same type of person who asks why someone would text/call someone else in the same house who's far away, instead of yelling or walking to that person? Ain't nobody got time fo dat.
Besides, it might be easier to show someone(s) something while they watch on their own handset, instead of crowding around one handset.

Aside from the fact this works with any device with a browser it's a long way from AirPlay's screen sharing. That allows you  to stream your phone screen to another larger screen in realtime. With my old iPhone 4S I used to be able to play mobile games on my TV.

So, it's use wifi connection and not internet connection? for airplay?  also is special tv needed for the airplay to function?

Yes, they're two slightly different technologies but the end result is I want to see what's on my tiny phone screen up on my large TV screen. I dislike Apple's insistence on forcing their users into proprietary technologies (software and hardware) but AirPlay is one thing I miss on my Lumia 920.

One thing you are forgetting man, AirPlay will only work when the other screen is within range of your iPhone. Nokia Beamer, working through the internet, will connect my Lumia 928 with ANY other phone (including an iPhone) all the way on the other side of the Earth. Can AirPlay do that?

ByeBye car stereo screens and tv app stores, just give me a browser! Its about time! Anything that has a dedicated OS other than phones, tablets, and PCs are dated. Now I can have my phone on everything.

I know. I should be able to play the Angry Birds Facebook app on my pacemaker! (The jolt every time I miss sucks, though.)

That would be ace and a half! I hope this is better than photobeamer though. Photobeamer relied super heavily on net connection for the other device so sometimes photos looked pixelated even after 100% loading.

this is what I was thinking when I saw this!  let's say you do pharmaceutical sales and are visiting an office for the first time and need to do a presentation for your products/services.  you can beam it straight to their phone and they can follow you without having to follow you on your laptop/tablet.  So this app works with any receiving phone?  That'd have to be key because most people receiving will not have Windows Phone.

i wish there was more WiFi Direct as for a scenario like this, you don't want to have to ask them for access to their wireless LAN.  And doing it through a cellular network will introduce significant latency.

Check! Now the next step is to be able to hijack EVERY screen in nearby...that would be really crazy and probably illegal

I would be advertising the heck out of WP at bestbuy, frys, Sears, Mervyn's, and everywhere with a multimedia television section, and I would have the default start screen up like on most current advertisements.

Looking at everything Nokia unveiled today, Microsoft got an incredible deal and I wish their buy out wouldn't be approved because we all know Microsoft will immediately halt these developments.

No they won't, this is the type of advancements/advantages they need over the competition.

The history proves that they immediately stop everything and go back to their old ways. Look at Skype. They buy them and completely forget about WP.

Your point here makes no sense. If anything, it proves the opposite. Obviously MS doesn't exert much control over the companies they acquire if it took so long for Skype to support WP.

Can't understand why there still exist these dumb pessimists. Everything that Nokia announced today cries "optimism for the future". This together with the Refocus app and raw support is what blows me away.
Furthermore, as always, Nokia does not forget the entry level/lowend market. Big news also with Asha phones and Whatsapp support and the 1320.
If anything, Microsoft's "future" acquisition of Nokia is probably one the best decisions it will ever make.
Awesome job Nokia !!!!!

Your right! It is revolutionary! Minus the fact that apple has had this for years. And blackberry did that last year

Any hope for an Apple TV-like device allowing you to mirror to any screen? I'd like to plug it into my car's headunit and put navigation onscreen.

concept is great but the execution isn't that great... there is some terrible lag in that.

Please get this in your head, hundreds of people were connected to the WiFi connection simultaneously which is what the app was using thereby inheriting the lag based upon this fact

Uhh... That looks painfully slow. Might work for photos but as general screen sharing? No thanks. I'd rather hook it up to a computer with a USB port and use a dedicated program instead, to avoid the slowness. I can see what they're going for by supportig anything with a web browser, but with speed like this it just doesn't seem worth it.

Most probably the WiFi connection was slow at the event. Don't discard the innovation without using it. Have you seen another mobile platform doing this???

True.  You have hundreds of tech nerds all crammed into one space.  And each one is on a phone; facebooking, tweeting, vining, blogging, etc.  Gonna be looooooottsssss of traffic, lol

This is an understatement, I walked in to my office and the auto connect took 3 IP of the router and the devices fire up their background activities.

try photobeamer on a reasonable good  internet connection and you would se that there's no lag, I believe nokia beamer wouldnt be much different

I've used photobeamer, playto and unfortunately in my experience since they depend on the WiFi network; the lag is frustrating. I really hope this is not the case with Nokia beamer.

I want to be able to plug my phone into my computer and respond to text messages and stuff with my desktop keyboard while i'm working. i feel like i used to be able to do this with WM5 in a little emulator thing.

Me too. This is a nice feature but I'd like to see it it one step further and mirror the phone on my desktop or give me control via bluetooth similar to blackberry bridge. I use mightytext on an android now with my win7 desktop and would love to do that with my L820.

If you were on Rogers they have their own service that allows you to send/receive texts on your computer without even hooking the phone to the computer.
Im sure other carriers have a similar solution. Its much nicer using a proper keyboard.

If they open this API, it could open up so many ways for sharing screens, perfect for remote desktop apps, teamviewer for example !

Really? If you can do it through a web browser then someone can hack it and do it all the time. Just like opening the mic without your knowledge.

Mirroring photos, video or audio would be reasonable uses; or showing a PowerPoint presentation. You could also use it for remote instructional sessions to demonstrate how to use an app or do something on the phone.  It might even be possible to use this as a broadcast mechanism by emailing or posting a link and then mirroring your live camera feed (this is pure speculation on my part, though).  I'm sure creative folks can come up with some other uses.

You`re not the brightest person in the room, are you?!
Did you ever took the time to think he`s on an open wifi network with a bazillion other gadgets, all of them doing tests, live feeds, etc, etc, etc?

I mentioned this above, but a few things come to mind: pushing photos, video or music to a real A/V setup; sharing PowerPoint presentations; maybe even live broadcasts via the "remote" sharing options.  Let's just get it and see what people come up with.

I can see this as being useful if you are in a meeting and either you or someone else wants to show everyone else in the meeting a document or whatever that is on your phone. I think Samsung have a similar thing on their Galaxy phones called All Share Cast & All Share Play. But, I think that it only works between Galaxy phones. I have it on my S3 but I've never used it so I'm not 100% on how it works exactly for the S3. In fact, there might even be an app in Google Play that might allow this function to work with any Android Phone. Don't know for sure because I couldn't be bothered to look.
This Nokia solution seems to be a lot better though because of the ability to share your screen with non-Lumia devices.

Didn't BlackBerry already include this feature in BB10? I haven't watched the video to see if its the same idea or not.

I'm actually using a Lumia and have never used a BB10 device. I just keep up on all the mobile nations news whether it be crackberry or wpcentral. Thanks for playing.

I'm glad to see this but I still wish we had some kind of wired A/V output.  There are still lots and lots of "dumb" TVs and A/V receivers out there, and a wired connection is almost bullet-proof.

I use my S4A with Miracast to connect wirelessly to a TV with Miracast.
Then I bought a NetGear 3000 Push2TV
Now even TV's with no Miracast work.
Nokia system needs a browser capable WiFi TV
I'd like to see MS-Nokia to support Miracast (like S4)

Would be nice if they could add the ability to pair via NFC or bluetooth, and share screens on a local or adhoc network.

Yes. A local connection would be even better and faster. Connecting to a laptop or tablet without having to go through the network would enable you to do presentations off site in the field. Imagine even being able to connect to a whole classroom full of smartphones and/or tablets.

If I'm not mistaken that's the whole idea behind miracast (Wi fi Direct). Lumia 920 chip supports the protocol but its not enabled. Nokia beamer looks excellent, I just hope it can provide the reliability and no lag even when the network is congested in my own house.

I think there will be less lag if they can use WiFi direct, but is it possible for browser to do that?

No idea! It would be nice if widi could mirror to browsers as well. I really hope Nokia Beamer in application rivals or is better than miracast.

Assuming the TV has a browser and you're in the same room, you would just bring up the QR code as shown in the video then scan it with your phone.  If you're not there, then I assume you'd need to use the remote option to general an http link, then share that link (presumably through email) and finally access the email on your TV and open the link.  I'm just guessing though.

There you got to see this extra column in lumia 925 and it looked amazing! The smallest tiles were not too small at all. So disappointed that it's exclusive to bigger phones >_>

The extra tile column did indeed look great on the 925... Maybe Nokia will gift the 4.5" screen phones with the extra column when they put their own spin on GDR3???

Joe Belfiore tweeted yesterday that last week he made an error when he said bigger resolutions, he meant bigger phones as you said. This adjustent makes me believe that MS will defualt 1080 screens to 3 columns and the manufacturer can decide if they think their phone is a "big" and enable it as well. so I reckon we will probably see this as part of the Lumia Black update to the 92x phones.

Looks cool, but painfully low frame rate is going to make this a total gimmick. Hopefully, they can optimize and improve it with time.

Not bad, definitely need to sort out the speed of it, faaaaaaaaar too slow atm.
But this is an app I'd like to try out :)

Those people who keep commenting about how slow this feature is have obviously not bothered to read others comments that explains why the demo was slow. They also have zero understanding of how WiFi networks operate or what the term "Bandwidth" means.

These are the same people who complain that the Facebook messaging sucks in the app. Hello!!!!

Awesome with a capital A. I would love to see them beat apple to the screen projection on any surface. This would push so many users who use Office and Adobe to Windows Phones. 

No it won't. Making Office free and a better UI will help. And killing the start button killed Microsoft.

Awesome! But lets remember that BBM on BB10 allows pretty much this same feature so its nothing new but I'm glad its possible now on WP!

It's soooo lagy, and apple introduced this on mobile devices with airplay, and blackberry did it with z10, and there is absolutely no need for this

Very promising. Seems like a 5-10 second delay which is a but unworkable, but doubtless they are working on perf.

Dude!!!!!!! All I cafe is that we will be able to get 3 rows of regular tiles on current Lumias. Did you see how good it looked?

Sorry if I'm missing the point, but why exactly would I want to mirror my phone's display onto another phone?

Any hardware limitations for the feature? (other than Lumia series)

Yea, the missing Miracast feature on Nexus 7 first gen still bother me

I hate to say it but as much as I know Dan mentioned lag in the video and it obviously was laggy because of congestion, i doubt this will ever be smooth enough to replicate video or drawing etc. By the looks of it it will be probably send as many screenshots as possible dependant on the speed of the networks involved. i could be wrong but i don't see it being like you're publishing your screen live to another screen.

Airplay can only do this with other apple devices.  Also, Nokia has been doing this with photo beamer for a while now.  So they have been at the party.

Can the screen be shared to smart tv? Or on html5 browsers ONLY? Sony smart tv is using opera browser, I guess?

Dear Expert,

Does Nokia Lumia 625 support Wi-Fi certified Miracast™ technology? Is this part of Wi-Fi certified Miracast™ mobile devices? If not, how to activate it ? Is there any supporting App available? Kindly advice.