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Nokia waiting for Mobile World Congress to release Play To for Windows Phone 8?

Nokia's DLNA app Play To has been demanded by Lumia Windows Phone 8 consumers since Microsoft launched its new mobile platform, but it has remained in beta testing. We last reported on the app back in December when Nokia revealed that it would see a Q1 2013 release.

Now a member of the product team has stated on the Nokia Beta Labs feedback forum that we'll be seeing Play To launched for Windows Phone 8 within 2 weeks, adding fuel to the fire on a Mobile World Congress announcement.

"We are working to make the release available. We are very close to release now - stay tuned (this will happen in 1-2 weeks)."

Luckily we're rocket scientists here at Windows Phone Central, and we managed to work out that this would bring the announcement up to Mobile World Congress. That's just sheer coincidence, right? We don't believe so either. Nokia will have big plans for MWC and we'll be there to soak up the excitement and ensure you're all not out the loop.

Should you be eagerly awaiting Play To for Windows Phone 8, it's not long to go now.

Source: Nokia Beta Labs; thanks, Arjun, for the tip!

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Nokia waiting for Mobile World Congress to release Play To for Windows Phone 8?

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+1,000,000.  WP8/W8/Xbox360 were supposed to achieve the "3 screens and a cloud" vision this last fall.  For me, that means a simple, easy to use, coherent method of playing all of my media/data/programs across all my devices.  Whether that is DLNA, Widi, mirroring, or whatever.  I like to think that they have laid the fundamental groundwork OS/device wise.  Hopefully they will finish the job sooner rather than later.

+10K It was simply a shame... Avallabile on my Lumia800 and not in my new 920 !!!
JUST RECOMPILE IT !!!
Now I use a choppy 50€ Android phone to show my photo on Tv (both dlna and wifi Direct...).

bascially like smartglass but with less finger movements on the screen. 

Even though buggy on WP7, I still like to use it on my tv and/or xbox. 

Does anyone know if this will support mkv files? I can't find anything for WP that will stream.them from my media server without transcoding... Thanks

VLC is the only thing we can look forward to.  If only there was a good music player app...  Xbox Music isn't doing me any favors. 

I just don't understand why all players can't support mkv... Subtitle and chapter support on the other containers stinks. Why are they so averse to mkv?

Yes. You have to go into Windows Media Player and enable remote control. Put them on the same network, and the app should see it.

It's beyond annoying at this point. I used to be cautiously optimistic, but it's to the point where I assume I'll be screwed. Along with this app, I'm still waiting for PhotoSynth......... I used that app all the time on my Lumia 900.

on other news...Skype was released for iOS and Android today with more features than the WP app.

So, cheer up bud...I'm sure MS will get PhotoSynth out after it is released on the other platforms.

lol, yea I just realized that after I posted...as I honestly had no idea

anyway, this "new" open MS seems to be a little irritating to its own consumers as of late.  I hope somebody learns over there that doing business like this will get you squashed by the other capitalist competitors on the market -as the other competitors seem to not be returning the favor with some app glory. 

I applaud your cold hard yet truthful comment with deep and heavy sarcastic clapping.

I can't believe new Skype features are being made available on other platforms before WP8!

What very important missing on windows phone 8 is having a notification center. Android and iphony have it. Wp8 should have this soon!

Could someone who's planning to go to MWC, please remind MS that WP8 actually are their own mobile phone operative-system. It's not Apple or anything Android, hope they get to understand this soon....

There's so much missing from WP that if you don't have a Nokia phone it must be hell. Seriously considering going back to an iPhone as even Android seems to be second best in terms of app support. I bought a fitbit gadget and iPhone support was available straight away. Just shows we are living in a post-Windows PC world.