AirStream App Review
The free AirStream app is a stress-free way to play movies, music, and photos from your PC to your phone. All you have to do is install AirStream on your computer and phone, and sign into the same account. That’s all that’s essential by way of setup. Once that’s done, you can see the files on your computer from your phone, and retrieve them on the go.
You can also browse around the hard disk of the computer without further format. The Android version also lets you copy all files and folders from your PC to your phone, using your Wi-Fi network.
The app was developed by Nityaa Labs, which has offices in India and Canada, was first unveiled nearly two years ago but it was recently modernized to add some new elements, such as automatic video aggregation from your PC, and a new QR code based system to connect a PC to your phone.
There is a paid version of the app, which costs Rs. 60 per month and removes advertisements and the AirStream logo from streamed videos, but it’s a negligible thing and you can make full use of the app free. The desktop client of the app supports Windows, Mac OS and Linux. One can also connect all major online drives like DropBox, Google Drive, and OneDrive.
Once you have downloaded the app and signed up, you can connect all the accounts. The app’s main page lets you pick between Drives, which is where all your connected hard drives are found; Desktop, where you can see all the files on the desktop; Downloads, which shows you the Downloads folder on the PC; and Cloud, which is easy to understand.
Airstream is far from the only media player that can work to stream videos but it’s one of the modest tools available. A lot of popular video players, including Its Playing Pro, Fusion Stream, and nPlayer on iOS, and Android apps like UPnPlay and BubbleUPnP, or even Kodi can all play your stored videos. These players all come with some exclusive features that make them worth using as well, but the disadvantage is that first you have got to set up DLNA or shared folders on your computer.
With Air Stream you can generate your personalised playlist and play music from your different PC hard drives, using the AirStream app. You can also import your Windows Player and iTunes playlists.
The Photos tab shows your photos gallery in an animated way, which may be confusing to some users. There are three tabs, where you can see photos from your computer, from your mobile device, and photos marked as favourites. It’s fairly basic functionality, and one of the weaker parts of the app.
At the end of the day, AirStream is an appealing app because of how modest it makes things. For many of us who are not tech savvy, something as relatively simple as playing a movie from your computer to your phone can be a big task. But AirStream requires almost no setting up, and using the app is innate too.
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by techtalks @TechTalks September 1, 2015 11:02 AM UTC