Get multimedia up and running on your Android 3.0-powered tablet. We take a more in-depth look at one of its Mobile Project Management core functions as a multimedia player, with a few tips and tricks to help you get your multimedia fix on your spanking-new Android 3.0 tablet.
Perchance you are used to the iTunes syncing method, you can emulate the experience with doubleTwist. doubleTwist adopts a user interface much like Apple’s iTunes, with an Android Market section to complete the experience. More importantly, should your video’s file format become incompatible with the tablet, doubleTwist will automatically convert the video to a suitable format.
Download the doubleTwist Player and doubleTwist Airsync apps from Android market. Unfortunately, USB support will only be available at a later date, thus you’ll have to download doubleTwist Airsync, which costs $6.15, to synchronize your Android 3.0 with the PC.
Install both apps and you’ll be prompted to connect your tablet to the Wi-Fi network. A password prompt will be given for you to enter onto the doubleTwist Player PC client, which establishes a connection between the tablet and PC.
Once that is done, simply drag the video from your library into the device. The files will be converted and optimized for playback on your tablet.
Drag and Drop
Similar to portable media players, tablets such as the Motorola Xoom utilizes Android 3.0’s Media/Picture Transfer Protocol feature. In essence, once the tablet is connected to your PC, it will automatically be recognized as a portable media device. Users can simply drag and drop files into the Android 3.0 tablet, turning file transfer into a fuss-free experience. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
Connect your Android 3.0 tablet to your PC, and it’ll appear as a media device in Windows Explorer.
Simply drag and drop files into the relevant folder, be it music, video or even photos.
As you transfer files into the tablet, multimedia control is constantly refreshed and displayed in the Gallery.
The Android 3.0 music player is restyled towards a 3D interface, with albums taking center stage and improving the usability of its user interface. Accessing and controlling your music tracks is made much simpler and more obvious with a larger playing bar.
Photos and Videos
Photos and videos can be viewed with ease via the Gallery app on Android 3.0. Similar to the Music app, these multimedia files are neatly categorized according to its formats, and even displays your photos stored within your Picasa account.
Tablets are generally designed with generous screen sizes, while a 10.1-inch display is sufficient for general viewing, you might want to enjoy the glorious resolution of a 1080p full HD video on a larger display, such as an LED TV. Fortunately, tablets such as the Motorola Xoom come with a micro HDMI port which allows you to perform HDMI mirroring on a HDTV. You’ll have the option to play Angry Birds, in full HD resolution, on a 55-inch HDTV. How’s that for life-sized entertainment?