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Developers investigate video-out functionality on Windows Phone, present in Apollo?

We've continuously seen Microsoft make use of video output from a Windows Phone when demonstrating features and functionality at past events. This is a feature we'd all like to see at consumer level for somewhat obvious reasons To make use of the big screen using nothing more than a USB cable would be handy in certain situations. While the likes of SmartGlass is on the horizon, it would be beneficial for Windows Phone owners to be able to make use of supposedly supported video output.

The folks over at XDA Developers Forum have since decided to investigate and see whether it's possible to get video output working on Windows Phone. Marsrogers heads up the team, which was formed back in 2011, and the progress made in the designated thread looked as though the project wouldn't pick up and would eventually stop dead in its tracks. Marsrogers has continued to publish updates to the thread and keep readers up-to-date with progress and findings regardless.

That was until a couple of days ago, when Marsrogers shared a handful of photos that either clearly illustrates working video-out from the attached Windows Phone - or displays a clever illusion through the use of image placeholders on both the device and PC. According to the update he published in the XDA Developers thread, a copy of an original build 7003 ROM from a prototype LG Panther was received, which made video-out functionality possible. 

According to Marsrogers, the source (who he believes to be fairly trustworthy) has indicated that Windows Phone 8 will support video-out functionality for consumers to utilize. As well as using a USB cable, we'll apparently be able to make use of Remote Desktop in Windows. We'll not be seeing this come to fruition anytime soon, but at least there's potential light at the end of the tunnel in Apollo. The big question will be, would Windows Phone 7.8 sport such a feature?

Source: XDA Developers, via: Windows Phone Daily

Rich Edmonds
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Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • That would be great!!
  • I think the answer to the big question is a big No!
  • Yes lol, I would say duh it's definitely NO!
  • Why should it? That would be a great selling feature for WP8.
  • Not WP8, WP7.8. It's far more likely to be in WP8.
  • He means for 7.8... That's likely a no. :/ It CAN do it but will they let consumers do it? They should if you ask me. :)
  • why even bait like that with the 7.8 comment?  Nothing of substance is coming to 7.8 because MS wants to dump it like a bad case of crabs.
  • If this is real, why skin the phone with the crappy iPhone-style icons? The iPhone has video out, why not just stick with that rather than producing a pretend one?
  • I would use it! Will come n very handy...
  • What I want to know is if WP8 devices will have a mini HDMI out slot like Android phones do. Since the new WP8 devices from HTC, and Samsung, are most likely going to be recycled existing Android hardware then it makes sense that WP8 devices will keep the HDMI slots on new devices.. I think this especially because of the comment made at the WP summit that with WP8 the manufacturers will be able to take advantage of more hardware features that are already being used on other devices, like the GS3. I personally would love to have a HDMI out slot on my new Nokia WP8 device, but nothing from any of the leaked Nokia device information shows a HDMI slot. So, my hope is that WP8, and Nokia are going to at least use the USB to HDMI system. As far as the Samsung, and HTC, devices it would probably be a good idea if they kept the HDMI slots that the cousin Android hardware has. WindowsPhone needs to stay competitive with the hardware this time around, and having AV/HDMI out is one step closer to having consumers choose a WP device over a similar looking Android device on the shelf... WP8 must have some type of AV/HDMI out on at least the higher end devices!
  • True! I currently own a Nokia N8 and I can't believe that when I make the move to WP8 I'll lose the HDMI out! It's a very important feature! I'm not always using it but when I need it it's there! Also, I have a PS3, not an xbox, so SmartGlass will be useless to me! If they are making it compatible with android and ios, they could make compatible with the PS3 too (not talking about gaming features, but media would be nice).
  • Probably will see MHL fully adopted instead of microHDMI. The fewer ports, the better.
  • MHL??
  • For the doubters, it's real.
    Ceesheim posted a video on the xda thread:
    It was only on certain dev phones and has to be cooked specially onto fully unlocked ROMs.
  • Why won't people stop being butthurt over the 7.8/8 issue?
  • Still waiting