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Dec
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Samsung devices and sharing go together like Australian car racing and fistfights - you rarely see one without the other, in quantity (whether you like it or not). It makes sense, then, that Samsung wants to share its passion for sharing with developers. And today, it's making that a little easier, with the initial release of the AllShare Framework SDK.

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What does AllShare do? That's a pretty good question I can't give a complete answer to. The SDK seems to focus squarely on AllShare's inter-device operability and smart TV functionality, though, so it's a good bet the SDK will help you utilize AllShare file sharing between Samsung devices, or code a 3rd-party remote control for compatible Samsung TV's. The latter of which actually sounds kind of neat. You can also use this SDK to take advantage of AllShare's display mirroring, via HDMI or Wi-Fi Display (if the Android device supports it).

Head over to Samsung's developer site to get it now.

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  • hyperbolic

    "...or something" ?
    I think this is great they rlsed the SDK, now we can put the app on a laptop or even an Android USB (mini pc/Android PC).
    Meaning, you can now get AllShare running even if you don't have SmartTV, and make it one.

  • SAI

    For the SGS3 owners out there with the allcast dongle, is the dongle worth it? How often do you use it?

  • WPNZ

    Yeah with samsung tv and a SGS3 an all share icon will show above media files, when you hit it the picture or video shows up on the TV. Works pretty good, have used a few times.

  • Ivan Petkovic

    I already have AllShare installed on my Smart TV, two laptops and two phones - Android and WP7 (everything made by Samsung, coincidentally). One thing missing - Nexus 7, there was no AllShare for it so far, so I use some fourth party app for video stream on Nexus. This could change that, I suppose.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    AllShare is really just a layer on top of DLNA to make streaming media a little easier and a little more proprietary. It's very similar to Apple's AirPlay in that way. It's another one of those things that is great if you live in the Samsung universe, but it's very limited otherwise.

    Most of the stuff exposed through the SDK isn't really that exciting (IMHO), but the remote control potential gets me thinking of home (entertainment center) automation. Depending on how much information you can get back to a device, there might be some very cool things that could be done with that feedback.

  • SK

    Devs should refuse to support this since Samsung took a standard and added proprietary stuff on top to make it incompatible with non-Samsung devices. If we are all for an open system like Android, we should stop supporting efforts that try to make it more closed.

  • Google_is_the_Higgs_Boson

    Would be nice to see this work with a GoogleTV...

  • Jan van Ottele

    Looks like this is limited to AllShare (Samsung) eco system only. Most households will not be only Samsung, some have Apple products, some will have other Android phones and Smart TVs from other brands (Panasonic, Sony, Philips, LG). My company, ZappoTV, provides SDKs for iOS and Android to play content from iOS and Android to each of the Smart TV brands (including AppleTV, which is not DLNA but Bonjour). Give it a try at Zappo.TV.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleksandar.paunkovski.mk Aleksandar Paunkovski

    Min sdk version is "16". Galaxy Note still don't have update for Jelly Bean so I need to wait until official update are released :S:S