Samsung 'Smart View' app links your TV to your portable

Samsung's latest innovation is a 'smart app' that enables users to share content between a Samsung Smart TV and mobile devices.

Initially available for the Galaxy S II smartphone (above), and in due course on other Samsung Galaxy devices including tablets, the free app streams content from a Samsung Smart TV (or connected Blu-ray player) via a home wi-fi network on your portable.

So you can watch your favourite TV shows and films anywhere in the home on your Galaxy S II smartphone, Galaxy S Player or Galaxy Tab (below).

Samsung says it will continue to update the Smart View app with functions such as remote control functionality and a channel list option, which will let users search programme information and change channels from their mobile devices.

The Samsung Smart View app is available now from the Android Market for the Galaxy S II smartphone and works with the new Samsung D7000 and D8000 series TVs.

The app will become available for the Galaxy S Player in July, and the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab will get it later this year.

• We'll have a full test of the new Galaxy S II smartphone in the August 2011 issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, on sale from June 30th.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.