Android App of the Week: Twonky Beam Browser

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Twonky is a name many readers of this site will find familiar. Twonky's media server provides DLNA functionality in high-end NAS appliances like the QNAP TS-459 Pro II, and is a great solution for those looking to serve media from their PC. Twonky Beam Browser is an application for Android devices that makes use of the company's experience with DLNA, but takes it to an entirely new level.

Twonky Beam Browser is built as a streaming video client, giving users the ability to view Internet-based content on their mobile device. The app includes links to the usual suspects such as YouTube, Vimeo, and ESPN. Where Twonky differentiates itself from other streaming video clients is the ability to use DLNA to push, or "beam," the video stream to a device serving as a DLNA Renderer, making the video available to a larger display such as an HDTV. Note that you will need a DLNA Renderer to use the Beaming function, and Flash video streams cannot be beamed to a DLNA Renderer.

Twonky Beam Browser is available from the Android Marketplace as a free download . You can learn about Twonky's other applications at Twonky.com .

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