myTwonky and Twonky Video for Android
PacketVideo announced recently the release of myTwonky (beta) and Twonky Video for Android. These free products provide the user with easy access to an existing library of music, photos and videos, as well as new content from the Web, whenever and wherever on your Smartphone, PC or Mac. Aww, how thoughtful.
Let’s deal with the video app at first then, eh? So this Twonky Video (bit of a weird name, but we like it) for Android gives you the option to either browse online for your favorite video clips or access personal video content stored on your phone or home network. Good start.
The whole idea here, is that you get even more freedom to enjoy your videos, music and photos on more devices, myTwonky also contains Twonky’s (patent pending) Beaming technology that allows you to beam content found within your myTwonky account with any Web-connected TV or device in your home. Proper Star-Trekking stuff!
Jim Brailean, CEO, PacketVideo says: “Our goal with myTwonky and the Twonky Music and Video apps was to re-imagine how people collect and consume media content. We’re creating a truly immersive experience that lets you easily engage with your existing media library, what you find on the web, things you already love and things you are about to love.”
The Twonky Video app works with Airplay-enabled devices, such as Apple TV, and UPnP- and DLNA-certified devices.
Right, now we’ve sorted that. What the flippin’ heck is myTwonky? Well, put simply-ish it’s a user-customised web portal that searches the Internet for new content based on your personal video, photo and music preferences. Basically, it eliminates the need to comb the Internet one website at a time for new, relevant content. Simply tell myTwonky what topics you are most interested in (e.g, Lady Gaga, Johnny Depp or Hull City…okay, so the last option is personal…whatever) and you’ll instantly receive a running stream of related videos side-by-side with videos, music and photos from your existing library of media content. Pretty sweet.
Once you create a free Twonky account, you can begin creating specific video channels and bookmarking favorite content for easy playback. Select streaming radio stations by genre (my favourite feature) and view your own music library in the same location.
If you’re an open-minded soul, then you can choose to integrate your Facebook, Flickr and other social media networks with myTwonky for easy access to multimedia stored within those networks. You can also share content found using myTwonky directly with your social networks.
Usefully enough, when it’s coupled with the Twonky Video app (the thing we’ve detailed above), myTwonky gives you the ability to access both online and personal content anytime. Preferences set within your myTwonky account translate to your Twonky Video app, eliminating the need to reset your personal settings for each platform. Adults can use myTwonky’s parental controls to ensure the young’uns are receiving appropriate media content.
myTwonky works with UPnP- and DLNA-certified devices, with Airplay compatibility to be added in early 2012.
myTwonky is currently available at www.myTwonky.com. Twonky Video is available in the Android App Marketplace. Twonky Music is available in the Android App Marketplace.