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Nokia Beamer

Nokia Beamer now in the Windows Phone Store, but you need Lumia Black to use it

About two weeks ago we got our first look at Nokia’s new Beamer app. Outside of the new devices they unveiled, it was probably the coolest thing we saw at Nokia World. It’s a really cool app that will allow you to display the content of your Windows Phone onto any screen, check the video after the break to see it in action. Anyways, the app is now available for you to download in the Windows Phone Store.

As you can see in the video, Beamer is pretty awesome. Not only can you share images from your phone to larger displays, but you can do so much more with it. For example, run your next PowerPoint presentation from your Lumia device with Beamer. Here are the features from the description:

  • Beam to laptops, tablets, TVs, and even smartphones
  • Share nearby – scan a QR code on the target display
  • Share remotely – send a link by email, SMS or social media
  • Send the link to as many people as you want
  • Shake or Auto Update – choose how to refresh your screen

The app was just updated today and includes an improved user interface and new quality settings. Of course we don’t have any Lumia Black devices around, but if you happen to have one feel free to update.

Of course, the app works well with a fast internet connection. We were on Wi-Fi at the event when we filmed the video above and you can see it lag a bit on the congested network. You’re also going to need the Lumia Black firmware update for your Lumia device. In the meantime, you can download the app to your phone since it’s now in the Store. Of course, you’ll get an error message if you launch it, but it’s nice having it there as you wait for the Lumia Black update.

We can't wait to use this app again. 

You can find Nokia’s Beamer app in the Windows Phone Store. You can also use the QR codes below or swipe to the right in our app to get it. 

Thanks for the tip nanoware!

QR: Beamer



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Ayman Jaddaa says:

Does this mean Nokia Black is closer to being revealed?

hopmedic says:

My hypothesis is that Black is inbound very soon. Guessing here, but I'd say days.

Fellipe Abib says:

Not for AT&T...

Correct. By the time AT&T releases it, this App will be old news. Lets call this "extinction by exclusivity".

Montpbm says:

I haven't received gdr3 yet from T-Mobile..

hopmedic says:

You won't get it until Black is ready, unless you use the Developer Preview program.

PB_H says:

GDR3 hasn't been sent OTA to many phones by US carriers ( I think only Sprint for HTC's) let alone by T Mobile to it's customers  you shouldn't feel left out...

hopmedic says:

It has been sent to some HTC devices on Sprint and ATT.

Montpbm says:

Thanks hopmedic.. You are the correct one to answer.

taymur says:

No one received GDR3 but HTC

hopmedic says:

And anyone using Developer Preview program.

cybermoose89 says:

Indeed my gf got the gdr3 for her 8x recently no sign of the update for my 920 as of yet on my end

Beautiful superslim picture of Lumia 929 leaked.Don't resist check it here

Nakazul says:

I say a month away still, at least. But hey, its a guessing game.

Montpbm says:

That's a good guess Nakazul..

hopmedic says:

On 10/22 in Abu Dhabi they said in coming weeks. That's already two weeks ago.

bkbkjbb says:

Lumia black will be available early next year. According to sources from Nokia themselves.

Fellipe Abib says:

Where did you see that?
I thought it is going to be release this year.

hopmedic says:

It won't be next year. He is going by the erroneous statement made by Microsoft, which was almost immediately rebuffed by Nokia, who said that it would be coming weeks. Since this is Nokia's update, I'd go with what they said, to begin with, but yesterday's publish of Nokia Beamer, which doesn't work without Black, is further evidence that Black is inbound very soon. If we don't have it by the weekend I will be surprised. If we do have it today I will not be.

Ayman Jaddaa says:

It's probably a tease from Nokia, but we still don't get it

hopmedic says:

No, they did the same thing with another app right before Amber was released.  I don't remember if it was Glance Background, or something else, but they published an app, and within a day or two the update was out for a bunch of us (like I say in another post, I don't expect it to be out for all - carriers aren't that coordinated).

Kristijan87 says:

Speaking of, it's November... Anything concrete on a release date for Black?

Ash Walker says:

Q1 2014. If we are lucky January.

Jack Larson1 says:

Black Friday of course! Pick up new Lumia, new update!***
*** guessing but a coincidence?

Nik Rolls says:

That would be cool, even if just GA before operator approval.

hopmedic says:

No, now that Beamer is published, waiting until black Friday would NOT be cool.  If it isn't out this week, I will be surprised.

hopmedic says:

If we get it today, I will not be surprised. If we haven't got it by he weekend, I will be.
And by "we", I mean that it has been pushed out publicly to *someone*. I don't expect that *everyone* will get it immediately.

DennisvdG says:

Yeah! Awwhh...

Arsee17 says:

Well the Xbox One is black so maybe November will be a months where they release everything "black" (aka Nokia Black)

Wael Hasno says:

Dense much? He didn't say anything offensive.

OsamaAdam98 says:

Sarcasm do you speak it? No? I see.

rohanagarwal says:

That wasn't sarcasm but a bad attempt at a bad joke.

OsamaAdam98 says:

You can't please everyone.

rohanagarwal says:

Ofcourse not. But the least i expect from someone who laments about people not understanding sarcasm is to use sarcasm correctly and know what sarcasm really is. Just saying.. :)

John20212 says:

What the hell is wrong with people these days. You just mention the word 'black' and there is always someone who automatically thinks you are racist.



OsamaAdam98 says:

Crazy world it is.

khipara says:

I have black background with white writing on a yellow tile written by a brown man.

DreadVenom says:

Man, this for me was the most exciting part of the Dubai event. Sure there was excellent hardware but for businesses, this app shows why WP more precisely Nokia Lumias make sense for business phones. This app plus office makes it easier for me to recommend WP.

Sam Sabri says:

Could not have said it better myself. Seriously one of the coolest apps out of Nokia World. 

clappenings says:


sunbee says:

Yes! Coolest app from Nokia but I wish they come up with an app to record the screen too just like the screenshot...

theefman says:

Not really, android devices support mircast so you can display anything on your phone, not just photos. So any andy device can do the same trick. And the S4 chip actually supports miracast as well but I doubt we will ever see support added to WP.

dakranii says:

This isn't PhotoBeemer, this new app displays more than just photos

peacock93 says:

@Theefman: You don't know what you're talking about! Enough said.

rockstarzzz says:

Can Android devices display my Microsoft Office PowerPoint presentation? Maybe S4 with that chip and what not can, right? I need to buy a Nexus and start doing my PowerPoint presentations via those apps. Don't want to wait for black or white!

jhoff80 says:

I'd agree with you that I'd prefer something standard like Miracast, but I'd bet that it'll eventually come whenever we get WP 8.1.  It'd be a mistake not to now that Windows 8.1 supports it.

Ticomfreak says:

Windows Phone supports DLNA, which is pretty much the same thing but more widely used.

jhoff80 says:

Miracast is not even close to the same thing as DLNA, no.


And for that matter, Windows Phone doesn't uniformly support DLNA, a single app does (for some device manufacturers, but not all), which only plays a very limited number of files.  It'd be one thing if Windows Phone had Windows 8's Play To support that all apps can take advantage of.  Windows Phone 8 is much more restricted than that... to the point where it's near useless.

uopjo6 says:

Android can do anything. With a lag.

xankazo says:

LOL. You made me laugh on a morning right before work. To me, that means a lot. :)

zinksilver says:

You just won the Internet for today ;)

dznk says:

Nice of them to release it... when nobody can use it yet lol. It sounds a great app though, I'm looking forward to using it. Probably be a while until my 920 sees Black though.

Tafsern says:

I like that they release it before black and not a couple of weeks later :)

dznk says:

Yes true, that's the best way round, it's just a bit of a tease for us current Lumia owners, as Black will come a lot later than the people who buy the 1320 and 1520. If we don't upgrade to either of those phones, we'll just have to patiently wait for Black :)

AT&T 920 will be EOL, and the 1020 will get it early 2016.

cesar ruiz1 says:

Well to me Nokia and At&t are the same Nokia announces hardware with no release date and At&t with there coming soon updates and never arrive.

Jack Larson1 says:

Kind of like valve time

Nik Rolls says:

Windows Phone Update 3 confirmed!

immyperez says:

The extra tiles don't look that bad on the smaller screen! I want that feature!!!

blackhawk556 says:

This is a good way to get one star ratings!

rockstarzzz says:

Such a tease, Nokia.

Poka Roka says:

Umm, what about PhotoBeamer, app that's here for ages? :) Why is NokiaBeamer suddenly so special? :)


BRomeroT says:

Same cuestiom I have...

Sam Sabri says:

PhotoBeamer just beams... photos. Nokia Beamer shares whatever is on your screen. Watch the video above to see it in action. 

So it's still just a more powerful Play To? Still very cool though.

Nik Rolls says:

Play To is just about media. Again, this displays what's on your screen at any given moment.

Chef316 says:

Read the article and watch the video..

Sam Sabri says:

While a cool app, not the same as Beamer. But it definitely was the stepping stone to Beamer. 

rafael33379 says:

This is good for another things than photos and presentations? For example when I want share gameplay of game.

Sam Sabri says:

I guess that will depend on your internet connection. As you see in the video above it lagged when doing simple web pages, but that was because the network there was so congested. We'll see how it good it is with a fast, uncongested connection. 

ChazTyldsley says:

Will you guys have a video of it on an uncongested connection soon? Looked horribly laggy at Nokia World but I'm hoping that's just down to the connection.

Tafsern says:

When the Black update comes you'll probably see it, or try it yourself :)

Sam Sabri says:

The second we get Lumia Black we'll have a video for you :)

TechnoTim says:

My guess is since it is HTML and JavaScript, and you can't guess what Nokia's servers load are at the time there will always be some lag. I wouldn't except video to play all that well unless they upgraded the beamer service to have a native client for the web that can optimize for conditions and refresh rates. Still, this is a great leap forward and welcomed.

Nik Rolls says:

Hopefully they'll update it with WebRTC on supported browsers so they can increase the throughput.

navidee says:

I downloaded but am sure I will have forgotten by the time I get Black update. I really want my RAW support stat!

Tafsern says:

WPC will help you remember :)

lordrican says:

Where is my 920 update awwww

donkhalil18 says:

Maybe it will release on Black Friday. you know, cause it's Lumia black ?

Fade_z says:

Wink wink, i caught your drift buddy

Tiemen_S says:

So much applications for this. Karaoke from phone to screen (e.g. Using musiXmatch), demonstrate apps/mobile websites/other content from your phone. It's basically the next best thing apart from having a pico projector! Maybe run a contest as soon as it's out for the most original/useful way of using this new feature?

Gagman says:

Wonder what's better for photos: Nokia beamer or photobeamer?

Nik Rolls says:

Probably Photo Beamer, it's a bit smoother and you can jump back into the gallery without showing everyone all your photos. Harder to hook up over a distance though.

NightWatch71 says:

So, any chance of Nokia firmware preview, or something like that?

Nik Rolls says:

That would be cool. I'd love to see the developer preview become a way of skipping operator approval, for those who agree to take matters into their own hands. You could deploy all OEM updates there too; after all, developers need to test OEM-specific features like Nokia's imaging updates.

dbam987 says:

Here's hoping Nokia Black is actually coming to more than just Nokia devices, like the HTC 8X. Wishful thinking, I know. I already have plans to snag a Nokia WP8 device next year when my contract is due (or try to steal one of my unsuspecting family members upgrades)... mwhahahaha.

Nik Rolls says:

Not just wishful thinking ... considering it's called *Nokia* black.

But I guess I know what you mean; the features? Maybe. Maybe MS will integrate them into he OS proper, or maybe they'll keep them as exclusives. Hard to tell. I would say probably the former; with all of Nokia's amazing camera software baked into the OS, it would really provide a killer differentiation for the platform as a whole.

noknok79 says:

non-sense! released the Nokia Black at once!

Jazmac says:

Doesn't seem to work. I get the dreaded "something went wrong" message.

Racxie says:

You didn't bother reading the article did you?

Jazmac says:

Never mind, its working now.

driftpod says:

Hope Nokia black will be released on Black Friday =)

nosyrbllewe says:

Cool, you can now essentially screen record your phone! Just beam it to your PC and record it from there. The only problem might be network lag.

Reui says:

Does it beam the audio too?

terrokkinit says:

Yes!!!! Now I can do mirroring for my streaming! Thank you Nokia! (oh wait, now I just need the update...almost there....)

pookyjoralyn says:

So will it work with vanilla GDR3?

Running gdr3 preview on my 822 and its not working.

SleepyTheDon says:

Lumia Black is coming!

Montpbm says:

I'd be happy with GDR3 first..

kwajr says:

What are you waiting for go get it

Montpbm says:

Will it mess up my warranty with T-Mobile?

michail71 says:

Nokia usually has stuff out early. I bet it should be out for the developer preview soon.

Nik Rolls says:

It won't, it relies on firmware changes that are I'm the Nokia Black update.

Markus Moser says:

Keeps crashing on my 920 with GDR3 preview, lets see how long it takes until it gets pulled of the store ;)

Intrepid00 says:

It isn't actually listed. You just have the direct link. Like an unpublished link in YouTube.

apocacrux says:

I love when people don't read the article, app page or comments before downloading and trying to run something.

BRomeroT says:

I hace Lumia 920 with GDR3, and I can installed but crash when open :| I suppose Lumia Black update has more libraries that this App needs :'(

SwimSwim says:

Very cool, I'd love to use this for class presentations at school! Too bad I'm AT&T, Windows Phone 8.1 will be out by the time they let us update.... >_<

Markus Moser says:

As far as i understand it, you can just mirror your screen to another WP, not a pc - or did i get things wrong here?!

SwimSwim says:

So long as the screen you're trying to mirror to can display the website, it can display this app. It works exactly like Nokia's PhotoBeamer. Nearly anything that can display Photobeamer can display this.

So yes, it can work with PCs, and pretty much anything with a web browser, for that matter.

Arjun KR says:

I just downloaded it on my 620 running GDR3 preview,but the app crashes at startup.

kwajr says:

How do you even manage to get out of bed

Arjun KR says:

Just quoting my experience with the app,I can read English and I know it needs Lumia Black.

kwajr says:

Well if it needs black it will clearly not work yet

SwimSwim says:

It won't work without the Lumia Black firmware, which is from Nokia and is a separate update from GDR3.

dalydose says:

Will this play audio on the remote device?

crise says:

WOW this app has a hidden option to install Nokia black!!! Its prolly a joke from Nokia to get Lumia black to us early! Omg lumia black is so awesome, I'm,checking it out now and they allow 3 columns!! In order to get Lumia black, open the beamer app and keep tapping on the loading text below the error message, then after about 1 minute u get a short animation that announces Nokia black and you can proceed install.

dalydose says:

What are you talking about? 

kjordan_29 says:

So do you just point it at your tv and tell it to work?  Or is it that you'd have to connect a laptop with HDMI, then open an email from this app, and then it shows up?

apocacrux says:

You open a browser and and go to a specified link that displays your phones screen.

kjordan_29 says:

So, through a laptop.  Why not just use the laptop?  I don't see much use for this...

neodoru says:

If you have a smart tv, a console, or anything that supports a browser, you've got it. It's something like airplay.

What would happen if you were "beaming" to a Nokia that was "beaming" to your phone, that would be some weird Nokia Paradox. :D

Chef316 says:

*plays twilight zone theme*

crise says:

Then you open a black hole. That's why they renamed it to Nokia Black.

VinchRiel says:

This is awesome.. But i still wait nokia or ms create screen recorder.. Go microkia, fuck google n lagdroid.. Fuck ios toy

Saurav Shyam says:

Got this app downloaded on my 520 as I hav developer preview of update3 but as soon as I open this app, it shows something went wrong and need to restart app...

apocacrux says:

GDR3 is NOT Nokia Black.

Will it work with my Lumia 520?

oo yeeah i need a lumia bring that 1520 as soon as possible!!!! man i like that phone!! and first i thought it's too big but when i saw it near that 925 i just realised it has the perfect size for me..the 925 screen it's just too small..

920Walker says:

My 920 is black and the app still crashes ;)

zinksilver says:

Release the Kraken!

FearL0rd says:

Looks like Black is around the corner for dev phones :)

Big Dad E says:

I first read it as a black Lumia. Then I thought, why won't it work on my red Lumia? Silly me.

Tyradius says:

Does this mean I can finally use NFL mobile and watch it on my tv for the Monday and Thursday night games? Seeing as I don't have ESPN or the NFL channels. I wish Microsoft would hurry up with the miracast support.

I did the Dev preview on my 810 and bypassed waiting for T-Mobile (Which knowing T-Mobile, I'd never get the update), but GRD3 runs awesome...Anyone who is sick of waiting download the Dev Preview

FranBlagru says:

People already reviewed this in the store in Chinese or something... Lol

Prabaharan D says:

I got the Lumia Black update this evening in my Nokia Lumia 1020, But still unable to download this app. Is it because currently i am in India ? I tried even changing the settings in my phone to country USA(since i bought it in USA @ AT&T 1 month back). No luck yet. any suggestions....?

Clodderes says:

Received Black in my 920, but still can't get the app :-(

Chandan Hati says:

I just updated by L920 to the Black update. Although I could download Nokia Storyteller, but Nokia Beamer says the app is not available for your device. ANy reason why this is not happening, or is it that Nokia Beamer only works outisde India. Can I get a response to this query please ?

Hernan69 says:

Chandai, UK the same. App not available even after the Black update.

Hihey says:

I got a hands on experience this with my Nokia Lumia 1020. Its a neat feature that i can use if i want to present photos or slideshows from my phone to any internet connected display. 

I posted an article detailing how to use it.

I've updated my 720 to black.. Still nokia beamer is not available?

HeathG1 says:

Not available for Nokia Lumia 928 with Black update !