iPad, meet Android: RemotePlay makes sharing media between mobile devices easy

iOS and Android

This is neat: A new app called RemotePlay makes it easy to beam photos, music, videos and even documents from your mobile device to other devices in the same network. RemotePlay’s Android version launched on on Google Play Thursday, and an iOS version is close to being launched as well.

I had a chance to try both versions this week, and liked what I saw. Especially RemotePlay’s ability to bridge the divide between Android and iOS is impressive.

RemotePlay’s local group sharing features are intriguing as well: Want to show everyone in your home network the same photo or all your coworkers the same document? Then just share it with the RemotePlay app, and you’ll even be able to close it on their machines when you’re done talking about it.

Here’s a quick video demo of the app running on my iPad 2 and my Nexus 7:

RemotePlay has been developed by Piddas21, a new Taiwan-based startup that was founded last year by Quanta Computer. You may not have heard of Quanta, but there’s a good chance that you may be using one of their products. The ODM manufacturer makes Apple’s Macbooks as well as PCs for a whole bunch of other companies. Altogether, it’s responsible for the assembly of one out of three laptops in the world.

Piddas21 CEO and Founder Joe Lin told me during an interview Wednesday that the goal of his subsidiary was to find new revenue opportunities for Quanta’s customers. “80 percent of our customers are desperate for new innovations,” he said. Software and services are one of these opportunities, and Piddas21 is exploring this area by going directly to consumers. “We want to get firsthand user experiences,” Lin said.

RemotePlay is a combination of a proprietary discovery protocol and plain old HTTP for file transfer. The app is also doing some transcoding to make content from iOS devices playable on Android devices. I noticed that this process can lead to a bit of a lag when sharing videos, and Lin told me that the company is looking to add more flexibility to the transcoding process.

The company is also working on a Windows 8 version, and wants to add an easy way to share entire media collections and photo slideshows. That way, you’ll be able to literally run your presentation on your colleague’s iPads.

An ad-supported version of RemotePlay is available for free on Google Play, and the company has said that it won’t actually display any ads within the software for the first three months. A permanently ad-free version will cost users $1.99.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Tsahi Levent-Levi.

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