HTC makes a step forward by announcing HTC Connect, a certification program allowing electronics manufacturers to produce equipment for connecting to HTC devices seamlessly. In short, HTC’s devices will now be able to stream high-quality, wireless audio and video to compatible in-home and in-car devices.
As Kouji Kodera, chief product officer at HTC said:
“The vision for HTC Connect is to allow our customers to easily stream their favorite high-quality video and audio from their smartphone into their home or car.”
The One series smartphones are expected to be the first to get this ability, which will be done via a software update pushed out in coming months. This will bring the HTC Connect certification to the phones and make it possible to stream content to DLNA-enabled devices.
As to partners, Pioneer will be the closest one. It has already confirmed its cooperation with the Taiwanese company. Russ Johnston, Pioneer’s executive vice president of home electronics, said:
“We’re very pleased to be working with HTC on this important evolution of audio technology, which fits very well with Pioneer’s strong commitment to embracing the smartphone movement in our home entertainment products.”
The initial products will work via DLNA, but HTC says it will also include Bluetooth and NFC into the certification.