Sharing a business presentation from a laptop is as easy as connecting your machine to a projector or large external monitor. But why lug around a bulky laptop computer when you can present directly from your Android smartphone? With the right apps and equipment, it's easy to share a presentation stored on your phone with a small or medium-sized group.
You can accomplish this feat in a variety of ways. You could use cables to attach your smartphone to a projector, or even directly to a large monitor or TV display. It's also possible to stream content wirelessly from your smartphone's display to a set-top box. And for the adventurous, there's even an Android phone with a built-in projector. But not every solution is right for every situation. Read on for five ways to project business presentations from your Android phone.
Forget about cords, cables and adapters. AllCast is currently the best solution for wirelessly streaming content from your Android smartphone to a large monitor or TV. In addition to a large display, you'll need a set-top box that supports AllCast. Supported devices include Roku, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Google's Chromecast dongle. The app is also compatible with Samsung, Sony and Panasonic Smart TVs. Once the app is installed on both your smartphone and secondary device, you can beam your business presentation to a larger display over a Wi-Fi connection.
2. Droid @ Screen
Droid @ Screen is a simple solution for sharing business presentations from your Android phone, using equipment you probably already own. Simply connect your smartphone to your computer using a micro-USB adapter and run the app to mirror content between your smartphone display and monitor. Then you can share your presentation directly from your computer monitor, link your computer to a larger display with an HDMI cable, or connect it to a projector using either an HDMI or VGA adapter. The free version of the app is essentially a trial edition, limiting streaming to 60 seconds per presentation. For unlimited streaming, upgrade to the $5 premium version.
Older projectors usually connect to computers via a VGA port, while newer projectors mostly connect via an HDMI port. Unfortunately, your Android smartphone probably has neither of those. But there are still ways to link your phone to a project and beam your business presentation onto a wall. To do so, you'll need to purchase an adapter: either micro-USB to HDMI or micro-USB to VGA, depending on which type of projector you are working with. Using a projector has definite advantages over connecting your smartphone to a digital display. Most importantly, it allows you to display your business presentation at any size, and on just about any wall or flat surface, giving you the versatility to address larger groups.
4. MHL adapter
When a large monitor or TV display is available, you may not have to mess with projectors, secondary computers or special app configurations. With the right cables, you can connect your Android smartphone directly to the secondary display and get right to business. Since very few Android smartphones boast an HDMI output port — most are limited to a micro-USB port — you'll need an MHL adapter. This cable plugs directly into your smartphone's charging port on one end, and features a full-size HDMI port on the other end. In other words, an MHL adapter acts as a bridge for video output from your Android phone to a larger display. Not every smartphone supports MHL connectivity, however, so check with your phone's manufacturer first. You should have no trouble connecting popular models such as Samsung's Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3, however.
5. Samsung Galaxy Beam
Now we're talking: the Samsung Galaxy Beam is a smartphone with a built-in projector, housed at the top of the phone's frame. With this projector, you can beam whatever content is currently on the phone's screen onto just about any flat surface; just turn on the projector and point the phone like a flashlight. It's easily the most hands-off solution around for mobile presentations. But be warned: The Galaxy Beam, released in 2012, isn't as powerful as newer models, though its dual-core processor should prove snappy enough for business users with basic computing needs. As an older smartphone, the Galaxy Beam is also a bit tougher to find, though it's still fairly easy to track the device down on the Internet if you're willing to pay full price. For business users who want flexibility for impromptu presentations, it's worth a second look.