HTC’s MediaLink is another entry into what seems to be all the rage these days: wireless 1-to-1 mirroring. Using HDMI and WiFi (and a proprietary wireless technology for when you don’t have access to WiFi), the HTC MediaLink will allow HTC One users to to watch any of their content, play any of their games, and use any app on the big screen without having to tether your phone to the TV using an HDMI cable.
The unit is a smallish device that has a USB port for charging and an HDMI port. Wireless receivers inside will bring the video over and push it through that HDMI cable. It was a really smooth and easy process. To activate it, all I had to do was swipe up with three fingers. Conversely, swiping down with three fingers will disconnect the device from MediaLink.
The device was mirrored onto the TV within a second and everyone could see what I was doing (definitely SFW). If you do it while watching the video there may be a bit of delay for buffering, but even on the demo’s WiFi network, which don’t always process nicely with all the signals whizzing around in the air, it resumed playback on the television in a reasonable amount of time.
What was even cooler was the skill to continue watching the movie on the television as you go back to your device’s homescreen to use other apps. The accessory truly is great. I wish we could get this on all phones, but it’s exclusive to HTC One devices and chances are that not even HTC’s older phones will ever be able to take advantage ofit. As for pricing and availability, details haven’t been given just yet but HTC assures us the accessory will make its way to store shelves for under 0. Watch the video above.