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Nokia Beamer now in the Windows Phone Store, but you need Lumia Black to use it

About two weeks ago we got our first look at Nokia’s new Beamer app. Outside of the new devices they unveiled, it was probably the coolest thing we saw at Nokia World. It’s a really cool app that will allow you to display the content of your Windows Phone onto any screen, check the video after the break to see it in action. Anyways, the app is now available for you to download in the Windows Phone Store.

As you can see in the video, Beamer is pretty awesome. Not only can you share images from your phone to larger displays, but you can do so much more with it. For example, run your next PowerPoint presentation from your Lumia device with Beamer. Here are the features from the description:

  • Beam to laptops, tablets, TVs, and even smartphones
  • Share nearby – scan a QR code on the target display
  • Share remotely – send a link by email, SMS or social media
  • Send the link to as many people as you want
  • Shake or Auto Update – choose how to refresh your screen

The app was just updated today and includes an improved user interface and new quality settings. Of course we don’t have any Lumia Black devices around, but if you happen to have one feel free to update.

Of course, the app works well with a fast internet connection. We were on Wi-Fi at the event when we filmed the video above and you can see it lag a bit on the congested network. You’re also going to need the Lumia Black firmware update for your Lumia device. In the meantime, you can download the app to your phone since it’s now in the Store. Of course, you’ll get an error message if you launch it, but it’s nice having it there as you wait for the Lumia Black update.

We can't wait to use this app again. 

You can find Nokia’s Beamer app in the Windows Phone Store. You can also use the QR codes below or swipe to the right in our app to get it. 

Thanks for the tip nanoware!

160 Comments
  • Does this mean Nokia Black is closer to being revealed?
  • My hypothesis is that Black is inbound very soon. Guessing here, but I'd say days.
  • Not for AT&T...
    =/
  • Correct. By the time AT&T releases it, this App will be old news. Lets call this "extinction by exclusivity".
  • I haven't received gdr3 yet from T-Mobile..
  • You won't get it until Black is ready, unless you use the Developer Preview program.
  • GDR3 hasn't been sent OTA to many phones by US carriers ( I think only Sprint for HTC's) let alone by T Mobile to it's customers  you shouldn't feel left out...
  • It has been sent to some HTC devices on Sprint and ATT.
  • Thanks hopmedic.. You are the correct one to answer.
  • No one received GDR3 but HTC
  • And anyone using Developer Preview program.
  • Indeed my gf got the gdr3 for her 8x recently no sign of the update for my 920 as of yet on my end
  • Beautiful superslim picture of Lumia 929 leaked.Don't resist check it here http://bit.do/wpcentral929
  • I say a month away still, at least. But hey, its a guessing game.
  • That's a good guess Nakazul..
  • On 10/22 in Abu Dhabi they said in coming weeks. That's already two weeks ago.
  • Lumia black will be available early next year. According to sources from Nokia themselves.
  • Where did you see that?
    I thought it is going to be release this year.
  • It won't be next year. He is going by the erroneous statement made by Microsoft, which was almost immediately rebuffed by Nokia, who said that it would be coming weeks. Since this is Nokia's update, I'd go with what they said, to begin with, but yesterday's publish of Nokia Beamer, which doesn't work without Black, is further evidence that Black is inbound very soon. If we don't have it by the weekend I will be surprised. If we do have it today I will not be.
  • It's probably a tease from Nokia, but we still don't get it
  • No, they did the same thing with another app right before Amber was released.  I don't remember if it was Glance Background, or something else, but they published an app, and within a day or two the update was out for a bunch of us (like I say in another post, I don't expect it to be out for all - carriers aren't that coordinated).
  • Speaking of, it's November... Anything concrete on a release date for Black?
  • Q1 2014. If we are lucky January.
  • Black Friday of course! Pick up new Lumia, new update!***
    *** guessing but a coincidence?
  • That would be cool, even if just GA before operator approval.
  • No, now that Beamer is published, waiting until black Friday would NOT be cool.  If it isn't out this week, I will be surprised.
  • If we get it today, I will not be surprised. If we haven't got it by he weekend, I will be.
    And by "we", I mean that it has been pushed out publicly to *someone*. I don't expect that *everyone* will get it immediately.
  • Yeah! Awwhh...
  • Well the Xbox One is black so maybe November will be a months where they release everything "black" (aka Nokia Black)
  • Racist much?
  • Dense much? He didn't say anything offensive.
  • Sarcasm do you speak it? No? I see.
  • That wasn't sarcasm but a bad attempt at a bad joke.
  • You can't please everyone.
  • Ofcourse not. But the least i expect from someone who laments about people not understanding sarcasm is to use sarcasm correctly and know what sarcasm really is. Just saying.. :)
  • What the hell is wrong with people these days. You just mention the word 'black' and there is always someone who automatically thinks you are racist.    
  • Crazy world it is.
  • I have black background with white writing on a yellow tile written by a brown man.
  • +1
  • Man, this for me was the most exciting part of the Dubai event. Sure there was excellent hardware but for businesses, this app shows why WP more precisely Nokia Lumias make sense for business phones. This app plus office makes it easier for me to recommend WP.
  • Could not have said it better myself. Seriously one of the coolest apps out of Nokia World. 
  • ^THIS. WITH CAPS LOCK ON!!!
  • Yes! Coolest app from Nokia but I wish they come up with an app to record the screen too just like the screenshot...
  • Not really, android devices support mircast so you can display anything on your phone, not just photos. So any andy device can do the same trick. And the S4 chip actually supports miracast as well but I doubt we will ever see support added to WP.
  • This isn't PhotoBeemer, this new app displays more than just photos
  • @Theefman: You don't know what you're talking about! Enough said.
  • Can Android devices display my Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation? Maybe S4 with that chip and what not can, right? I need to buy a Nexus and start doing my PowerPoint presentations via those apps. Don't want to wait for black or white!
  • I'd agree with you that I'd prefer something standard like Miracast, but I'd bet that it'll eventually come whenever we get WP 8.1.  It'd be a mistake not to now that Windows 8.1 supports it.
  • Windows Phone supports DLNA, which is pretty much the same thing but more widely used.
  • Miracast is not even close to the same thing as DLNA, no.   And for that matter, Windows Phone doesn't uniformly support DLNA, a single app does (for some device manufacturers, but not all), which only plays a very limited number of files.  It'd be one thing if Windows Phone had Windows 8's Play To support that all apps can take advantage of.  Windows Phone 8 is much more restricted than that... to the point where it's near useless.
  • Android can do anything. With a lag.
  • LOL. You made me laugh on a morning right before work. To me, that means a lot. :)
  • You just won the Internet for today ;)
  • Nice of them to release it... when nobody can use it yet lol. It sounds a great app though, I'm looking forward to using it. Probably be a while until my 920 sees Black though.
  • I like that they release it before black and not a couple of weeks later :)
  • Yes true, that's the best way round, it's just a bit of a tease for us current Lumia owners, as Black will come a lot later than the people who buy the 1320 and 1520. If we don't upgrade to either of those phones, we'll just have to patiently wait for Black :)
  • AT&T 920 will be EOL, and the 1020 will get it early 2016.
  • Well to me Nokia and At&t are the same Nokia announces hardware with no release date and At&t with there coming soon updates and never arrive.
  • Kind of like valve time
  • Windows Phone Update 3 confirmed!
  • Yup
  • The extra tiles don't look that bad on the smaller screen! I want that feature!!!
  • This is a good way to get one star ratings!
  • Such a tease, Nokia.
  • Umm, what about PhotoBeamer, app that's here for ages? :) Why is NokiaBeamer suddenly so special? :)  
  • Same cuestiom I have...
  • PhotoBeamer just beams... photos. Nokia Beamer shares whatever is on your screen. Watch the video above to see it in action. 
  • So it's still just a more powerful Play To? Still very cool though.
  • Play To is just about media. Again, this displays what's on your screen at any given moment.
  • Read the article and watch the video..
  • You can use Nokia's PhotoBeamer as before: http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=971c41e5-3596-4a7a-ba2c-bcd7780d7db5
  • While a cool app, not the same as Beamer. But it definitely was the stepping stone to Beamer. 
  • This is good for another things than photos and presentations? For example when I want share gameplay of game.
  • I guess that will depend on your internet connection. As you see in the video above it lagged when doing simple web pages, but that was because the network there was so congested. We'll see how it good it is with a fast, uncongested connection. 
  • Will you guys have a video of it on an uncongested connection soon? Looked horribly laggy at Nokia World but I'm hoping that's just down to the connection.
  • When the Black update comes you'll probably see it, or try it yourself :)
  • The second we get Lumia Black we'll have a video for you :)
  • My guess is since it is HTML and JavaScript, and you can't guess what Nokia's servers load are at the time there will always be some lag. I wouldn't except video to play all that well unless they upgraded the beamer service to have a native client for the web that can optimize for conditions and refresh rates. Still, this is a great leap forward and welcomed.
  • Hopefully they'll update it with WebRTC on supported browsers so they can increase the throughput.
  • I downloaded but am sure I will have forgotten by the time I get Black update. I really want my RAW support stat!
  • WPC will help you remember :)
  • Where is my 920 update awwww
  • Maybe it will release on Black Friday. you know, cause it's Lumia black ?
  • Wink wink, i caught your drift buddy
  • So much applications for this. Karaoke from phone to screen (e.g. Using musiXmatch), demonstrate apps/mobile websites/other content from your phone. It's basically the next best thing apart from having a pico projector! Maybe run a contest as soon as it's out for the most original/useful way of using this new feature?
  • Can't wait
  • Wonder what's better for photos: Nokia beamer or photobeamer?
  • Probably Photo Beamer, it's a bit smoother and you can jump back into the gallery without showing everyone all your photos. Harder to hook up over a distance though.
  • Nokia4ever
  • So, any chance of Nokia firmware preview, or something like that?
  • That would be cool. I'd love to see the developer preview become a way of skipping operator approval, for those who agree to take matters into their own hands. You could deploy all OEM updates there too; after all, developers need to test OEM-specific features like Nokia's imaging updates.
  • Here's hoping Nokia Black is actually coming to more than just Nokia devices, like the HTC 8X. Wishful thinking, I know. I already have plans to snag a Nokia WP8 device next year when my contract is due (or try to steal one of my unsuspecting family members upgrades)... mwhahahaha.
  • Not just wishful thinking ... considering it's called *Nokia* black. But I guess I know what you mean; the features? Maybe. Maybe MS will integrate them into he OS proper, or maybe they'll keep them as exclusives. Hard to tell. I would say probably the former; with all of Nokia's amazing camera software baked into the OS, it would really provide a killer differentiation for the platform as a whole.
  • non-sense! released the Nokia Black at once!
  • Doesn't seem to work. I get the dreaded "something went wrong" message.
  • You didn't bother reading the article did you?
  • Never mind, its working now.
  • ^lol
  • ^^hehe
  • Hope Nokia black will be released on Black Friday =)
  • Me too!!!
  • Cool, you can now essentially screen record your phone! Just beam it to your PC and record it from there. The only problem might be network lag.
  • Does it beam the audio too?
  • Yes!!!! Now I can do mirroring for my streaming! Thank you Nokia! (oh wait, now I just need the update...almost there....)
  • So will it work with vanilla GDR3?
  • no
  • Running gdr3 preview on my 822 and its not working.
  • Sigh.
  • lol
  • Lumia Black is coming!
  • I'd be happy with GDR3 first..
  • What are you waiting for go get it
  • Will it mess up my warranty with T-Mobile?
  • Yes
  • Nokia usually has stuff out early. I bet it should be out for the developer preview soon.
  • It won't, it relies on firmware changes that are I'm the Nokia Black update.
  • Keeps crashing on my 920 with GDR3 preview, lets see how long it takes until it gets pulled of the store ;)
  • It isn't actually listed. You just have the direct link. Like an unpublished link in YouTube.
  • Wow
  • I love when people don't read the article, app page or comments before downloading and trying to run something.
  • I hace Lumia 920 with GDR3, and I can installed but crash when open :| I suppose Lumia Black update has more libraries that this App needs :'(
  • Very cool, I'd love to use this for class presentations at school! Too bad I'm AT&T, Windows Phone 8.1 will be out by the time they let us update.... >_<
  • As far as i understand it, you can just mirror your screen to another WP, not a pc - or did i get things wrong here?!
  • So long as the screen you're trying to mirror to can display the website, it can display this app. It works exactly like Nokia's PhotoBeamer. Nearly anything that can display Photobeamer can display this. So yes, it can work with PCs, and pretty much anything with a web browser, for that matter.
  • I just downloaded it on my 620 running GDR3 preview,but the app crashes at startup.
  • How do you even manage to get out of bed
  • Just quoting my experience with the app,I can read English and I know it needs Lumia Black.
  • Well if it needs black it will clearly not work yet
  • It won't work without the Lumia Black firmware, which is from Nokia and is a separate update from GDR3.
  • Will this play audio on the remote device?
  • WOW this app has a hidden option to install Nokia black!!! Its prolly a joke from Nokia to get Lumia black to us early! Omg lumia black is so awesome, I'm,checking it out now and they allow 3 columns!! In order to get Lumia black, open the beamer app and keep tapping on the loading text below the error message, then after about 1 minute u get a short animation that announces Nokia black and you can proceed install.
  • What are you talking about? 
  • Trolling.!!
  • So do you just point it at your tv and tell it to work?  Or is it that you'd have to connect a laptop with HDMI, then open an email from this app, and then it shows up?
  • You open a browser and and go to a specified link that displays your phones screen.
  • So, through a laptop.  Why not just use the laptop?  I don't see much use for this...
  • If you have a smart tv, a console, or anything that supports a browser, you've got it. It's something like airplay.
  • What would happen if you were "beaming" to a Nokia that was "beaming" to your phone, that would be some weird Nokia Paradox. :D
  • *plays twilight zone theme*
  • Then you open a black hole. That's why they renamed it to Nokia Black.
  • This is awesome.. But i still wait nokia or ms create screen recorder.. Go microkia, fuck google n lagdroid.. Fuck ios toy
  • Got this app downloaded on my 520 as I hav developer preview of update3 but as soon as I open this app, it shows something went wrong and need to restart app...
  • GDR3 is NOT Nokia Black.
  • Will it work with my Lumia 520?
  • oo yeeah i need a lumia black..so bring that 1520 as soon as possible!!!! man i like that phone!! and first i thought it's too big but when i saw it near that 925 i just realised it has the perfect size for me..the 925 screen it's just too small..
  • My 920 is black and the app still crashes ;)
  • Release the Kraken!
  • Looks like Black is around the corner for dev phones :)
  • I first read it as a black Lumia. Then I thought, why won't it work on my red Lumia? Silly me.
  • Does this mean I can finally use NFL mobile and watch it on my tv for the Monday and Thursday night games? Seeing as I don't have ESPN or the NFL channels. I wish Microsoft would hurry up with the miracast support.
  • I did the Dev preview on my 810 and bypassed waiting for T-Mobile (Which knowing T-Mobile, I'd never get the update), but GRD3 runs awesome...Anyone who is sick of waiting download the Dev Preview
  • People already reviewed this in the store in Chinese or something... Lol
  • I got the Lumia Black update this evening in my Nokia Lumia 1020, But still unable to download this app. Is it because currently i am in India ? I tried even changing the settings in my phone to country USA(since i bought it in USA @ AT&T 1 month back). No luck yet. any suggestions....?
  • Received Black in my 920, but still can't get the app :-(
  • I just updated by L920 to the Black update. Although I could download Nokia Storyteller, but Nokia Beamer says the app is not available for your device. ANy reason why this is not happening, or is it that Nokia Beamer only works outisde India. Can I get a response to this query please ?
  • Chandai, UK the same. App not available even after the Black update.
  • I got a hands on experience this with my Nokia Lumia 1020. Its a neat feature that i can use if i want to present photos or slideshows from my phone to any internet connected display.  I posted an article detailing how to use it.  http://mobile.gjamoroso.com/2014/01/share-your-windows-phones-screen-to-any.html
  • I've updated my 720 to black.. Still nokia beamer is not available?
  • Not available for Nokia Lumia 928 with Black update !
  • who would've thought that this app would be shut down after 2 years !!!