Android: Streambels is a new app that streams music, videos, photos and YouTube from your Android phone to any AirPlay or DLNA compatible player with just a few taps. That means you can push media from your phone to an Apple TV or iOS device, right to your TV or receiver, game console or almost any set-top box.
We’ve been testing Streambels while it was in beta, and the final release just hit Google Play. It’s not perfect, but it does what it promises to do. Fire up the app and choose from all of the DLNA-compatible or AirPlay compatible devices on your home network. Tap to select that device, and any video, photo or song that you open (inside the Streambels app) will play on that device. The app has built-in support for YouTube and Facebook video.
You can choose from a handful of skins to customise the app, and it runs in the background so you can play video on your TV and do something else on your phone at the same time. Best of all, Streambels is so simple to use that anyone can make use of it. You don’t really have to understand AirPlay or DLNA to open it, pick a device, and stream music from your phone to your stereo, for example.
Where Streambels falls down though is that it only supports media played in-app and through external services that the app supports. That means right now you have to use it as a media player, and the only web services it works with are Facebook video and YouTube. The developers plan to add Spotify, Soundcloud, 8Tracks and more in the next update. In the interim, it’s a great way to get local media off the small screen and onto the big one, and it’s one of the best implementations of AirPlay on Android we’ve seen. Hit the link below to give it a try — it’s free.
Streambels (free) [Google Play]