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  1. nyanfat

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    Hi, just made an account for this small question of mine.

    Does anyone know if the Nexus 7 supports TV-Out? It'd be great if I could load up on 720p/1080p videos (Can the Tegra 3 handle them btw?) and watch them up on the big screen. To my understanding, the only physical port on the device is a mini-usb port. Does this mean something like a mini-usb-to-hdmi cable would would do the trick?

    Thanks!
     

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    Yeah, something like that. Looks like nothing is confirmed yet for sure, though.

    TV-Out is pretty much the deciding factor on whether I get this over the new iPad.

    Edit: I just may have found an answer:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/nexus-7-review/2012/06/29/gJQAZWieBW_story_1.html

    Some guy said this:

    Apparently, the Nexus 7 *cannot* do video out. There is no hdmi port, and several reporters have heard from inside sources that the Nexus 7 does not support MHL. MHL enables the micro-USB port on some devices to become HDMI out among other things. Maybe the MHL circuitry is there, but neither ASUS nor Goole have said so after being repeatedly questioned, and apparently Jelly Bean does not even support MHL even if it were in the hardware.

    Something similar is true for USB memory. The Nexus 7 does support USB-OTG (On The Go), but it doesn't all of OTG. The Nexus 7 cannot use USB storage, nothing. Not even a USB thumb drive will work according to all the reports.

    And to drive a nail in the coffin, Jelly bean does not support Adobe Flash and seemingly never will.

    Just do a search for the keywords of MHL "Nexus 7", OTG "Nexus 7", "jelly bean" flash to verify what I am saying. Unless google and ASUS mis-fired on the launch, the Nexus 7 is terrible for anyone wanting to show the image on a big screen. Such a feature would have been a perfect addition to this 7" tablet. As it is now, you need a DLNA-equipped TV or another device that has both DLNA and video out capability. That is what the Nexus 7 should have been.

    The acer iconia A110, on the other hand, runs ICS, so it has Adobe Flash; it has a dedicated micro-hdmi out port, it has standard USB-OTG, it has a micro-SD card slot built-in, and it is also projected to cost $200. Its only drawbacks appear to be a slightly lower resolution screen (perceptible in reading an eBook???), and the A110 doesn't have NFC built in. If it has a mini PCIe slot inside, though, you could add NFC or 3g/4g, etc.
     
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    It sounds like it is not the best tablet for video out, but really in the grand scheme very few people use that feature. They will lose some sales from power users like the people on here, but it is not going to matter that much in overall sales.

    As for Acer, I will never give them another penny of my money! Their customer service is the absolute worst I have ever seen in my life! I had to pay $200 to fix a cosmetic scratch on a laptop in order to be able to get a warranty issue with the power connection fixed. That is what I talked them down to. They wanted $400 first. Never again!!!
     
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    Well, we have at least one report from a user with a rooted I/O device that he's got USB-OTG file transfer working, to and from an external hard drive. So it looks like the hardware supports that, but the software doesn't. But from what I've heard, google would've had to go out of their way to block support for that.

    If MHL, on the other hand, requires extra dedicated hardware, then I wouldn't bet on it being possible.
     
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    Read this same thing yesterday. It's quite unfortunate, but my source (which I can't remember at this time), said that this is likely so that Android fans might be more inclined to consider the Nexus Q. I think this is an excellent observation. The Nexus Q is designed to do many of the things that you would do if you were to plug your tablet into your TV, namely, play music and movies through Play. Personally I just want an easy way to watch Netflix on any TV that has HDMI input.
     
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    Yeah, I hear you!!
     
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    I'm guessing through WiFi direct or DLNA. We'll have to wait until we have it to know for sure.
     
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    Does anyone think that those extra ports on the side of the tablet (BOGO?) will feature HDMI out? I though that's what those ports were going to be used for?
     
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    I think they're intended to be used for some sort of dock. I haven't heard HDMI out via them mentioned.
     
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    Google Nexus Q: A Brief Overview - YouTube

    This is google s way for watching videos on the big screen
     
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    I pretty much stick to my laptop to watch stuff on my tv. Lots of storage on the laptop and easy to interact with the tv.
     
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    Stupid question then, will i be able to stream video to my tv using the media link i got with my HOX?
     
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    I don't have a laptop, or else I'd do that. I do have an hdmi port on my desktop but it's inconveniently located. I have an xbox 360 and stream to it from my pc using ps3 server for the subtitles. I also tried out a micca, it's OK for playing off of a usb stick, but unfortunately I got the version without streaming (which I regret and I think I will just sell it on ebay because I was not that wowed by it). I tried a blu-ray which worked OK but returned it and am awaiting a different version. Last but not least, I want to pick up a used WD box off of craigslist and check that out. That will cover the three TVs in our house, none of which are smart/dlna. My phone doesn't have an mhl adapter or tv out. I wonder if something could be cobbled together to make a homemade media server for TVs that don't have dlna. No way is this technology really worth $100 and up. Or maybe find a cheap OEM tablet that has mhl/hdmi and do it that way.
     
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    Yeaaaahhh...google's really hoping some poor sucker will fork out $300 for that there ball. ;)
     
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    I hope it can be rooted in:(
     
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    Will test soon. On way to grab a nexus 7 at staples.. I have a HTC media link HD for my EVO LTE.
     
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    I can confirm that at least mp4 movies stream from nexus 7 to TV via HTC media link. Will need to find out what else will stream. Well happy as I got the media link free with my phone and the app is free.
     
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    Hi, I'd have to disagree.


    I have a Nexus 7 32GB among other tablets (I own a business which specialises in the repair of tablets/computer equipment) and use USB flash drives/portable hard drives without any issues, with the aid of the "Nexus Media Importer" app.


    I'm also able to view flash content with the use of "Dolphin HD Browser" and a previous version of flash from the "XDA Developers" site.

    I can also download torrents in full 1080p and play various formats back via "MX Player"


    In my opinion, the above points put the Nexus 7 way ahead of any Apple device and the only tablets which come close are the Windows based models which are double the price.


    Hope this is of some help for anyone looking to purchase a Nexus 7 .. I'd say GO FOR IT !!
     
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    Haven't found a way to use TV Out as yet unfortunately, but I'm pretty sure that something will be in the pipeline.
     
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    Hi, I'd have to disagree.

    I have a Nexus 7 32GB among other tablets (I own a business which specialises in the repair of tablets/computer equipment) and use USB flash drives/portable hard drives without any issues, with the aid of the "Nexus Media Importer" app.

    I'm also able to view flash content with the use of "Dolphin HD Browser" and a previous version of flash from the "XDA Developers" site.

    I can also download torrents in full 1080p and play various formats back via MX Player

    In my opinion, the above points put the Nexus 7 way ahead of any Apple device and the only tablets which come close are the Windows based models which are double the price.

    Hope this is of some help for anyone looking to purchase a Nexus 7 .. I'd say GO FOR IT !![/QUOTE]
     

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