October 22, 2015

What is Screen Mirroring?

The complicated answer: “Screen mirroring” is a tech-industry term used to describe a form of wireless device-to-device communication software.

In layman’s terms: “Screen mirroring” is a way to make your smart phone, tablet and computer screens appear on other screens. Simple, right?wireless screen-mirroing

The screen-mirroring market is young, and unlike the smart phone or tablet industry, screen-mirroring technology lacks a universally accepted word or application that defines it.

We often find that people don’t know what to look for when they need a mirroring solution because it isn’t a mainstream concept. What do you call it when you want to see your iPhone or Galaxy appear on your Mac or PC? What term do you use when you want your computer screen to appear on your TV or other computers simultaneously?

Mirroring technology is used to accomplish a wide array of tasks across many markets. We develop industry-leading apps for these markets every day. In this blog post, we will define screen mirroring, its primary applications and compatible devices.

What is screen mirroring?
Screen mirroring is the act of wirelessly displaying computer, smart phone and tablet screens on external devices in order to view and share content in real time from one screen to another.

Wirelessly send a computer screen
Users can wirelessly send a computer screen (Mac and PC), specific desktop window or application to one or more Apple TVs, Chromecasts or Reflector 2-enabled computers simultaneously using the industry-leading AirParrot 2 software.

Wirelessly send a mobile device to a Mac or PC
Users may also wirelessly display one or more smart phone/tablet screens onto a Mac or PC using the industry-leading Reflector 2 software. Compatible devices include iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Chromebook, Surface Pro and Android devices.

This mirroring app wirelessly displays mobile device screens by receiving AirPlay and Google Cast connections from iOS and Android devices. It’s the only screen-mirroring technology in the world that’s compatible with Google Cast-enabled Android phones and tablets.

All of that information is great, but seeing is believing. Check out our screen-mirroring tutorial below!

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Who uses screen-mirroring technology?
Screen mirroring is common in education, gaming, entertainment, business and application-development environments.

Education
Educators use screen mirroring to command the classroom from their iPads and show student Chromebooks, Android devices and iOS devices wirelessly to the entire class. Mirroring enables student device screens to wirelessly display on the teacher’s projector-connected computer, allowing every other student in the classroom to see any individual mobile device from the comfort of their desks. Screen-mirroring apps are a must for any edtech program.

Gaming
Mobile gamers mirror gameplay from their smart phone and tablet screens to a computer. From there, they can record their screen and post the video later or share it to the world immediately with the new Reflector 2 YouTube live stream feature.

App Development
App developers mirror mobile devices to analyze and test application interfaces. This allows them to review apps on the big screen and record the experience.

Business
Business professionals often mirror from tablets to computer screens and computers to Apple TVs or Chromecasts to share presentations, collaborate and brainstorm in the conference room.

Do you have any screen-mirroring experience or unique applications? Leave us your feedback in the comment section below. To learn more, visit http://www.airsquirrels.com.

July 30, 2015

AirParrot 2.2.1 for Windows is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 for Windows is now available!

We're constantly working to ensure the best user experience for our customers on every platform. We hope this update will allow our devoted fans to continue to use AirParrot 2 seamlessly.

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

Windows 2.2.1 release notes:

  • Improved Cast mirroring and streaming support, especially on lossy networks
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements

Enjoy!

 

July 22, 2015

AirParrot 2.2.1 for Mac is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 for Mac is available!

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

Mac 2.2.1 Release Notes:

  • Hardware acceleration now more intelligently defers to software encoding if performance would be better in software
  • Improved Cast mirroring and streaming support, especially on lossy networks
  • Added a preference to manually toggle between hardware and software encoding
  • Added better support for "Dark Mode" in OS X 10.10 and later
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements

 

May 7, 2015

AirParrot 2.1.3 for Windows is Available

An update to AirParrot 2 is available! 

You can update AirParrot 2 by selecting “Check for Updates” from the AirParrot 2 preferences menu. Additionally, you can download the new version from the AirParrot 2 download page.

Windows 2.1.3 Release Notes:

  • Resolved an issue introduced in 2.1.2 that could cause the stored license key to become corrupt, requiring re-entry
  • Resolved an issue that could cause AirParrot 2 to refuse to install on valid Windows Vista service packs
December 23, 2014

AirParrot 2 for Mac and Windows Version 2.1 is Available

A new version of AirParrot 2 for Mac and Windows is now available. This version adds support for subtitles, local audio and displaying current artist, track and album information. AirParrot 2.1 also includes the ability to mirror just a selected portion of the screen. Find the full list of changes below:

Mac

  • Subtitles - AirParrot 2 now supports media files with embedded and external subtitles!
  • Now Playing - AirParrot 2 shows current artist, track and album information for iTunes, Spotify and Radium when mirroring audio only.
  • Local Audio - AirParrot 2 now allows mirroring audio to local computer speakers in addition to other devices.
  • AirParrot 2 now allows you to choose other audio input devices, in addition to system audio.
  • Mirror Selected Area - Select just a desired area of an application or a screen to mirror.
  • Added indicators on mouseover for display identification
  • Added menu bar indicator when mirroring is paused
  • AirParrot 2 now appears in “Open With…” menu for media files
  • AirParrot 2 menu now closes when selecting another menu bar item
  • Resolved an issue with display extension driver that could prevent certain Macs from waking on 10.10.2
  • Resolved an issue with display extension driver that previously warned users of drag and drop issues with certain MacBooks - all MacBooks are now safe to use with AirParrot 2
  • Resolved an issue where “Very High” video quality setting actually produced a very low quality video stream
  • Resolved an issue that prevented audio streaming to audio devices with multiple interfaces with self-assigned IP addresses
  • Resolved an issue where bluetooth-discovered Apple TVs could overwrite the mDNS information for the device
  • Resolved an issue where multiple connected monitors could cause the “To” list layout to break
  • Numerous miscellaneous bug fixes, stability improvements and performance updates

Windows

  • Subtitles - AirParrot 2 now supports media files with embedded and external subtitles!
  • AirParrot 2 now allows you to choose other audio input devices, in addition to system audio
  • Mirror Selected Area - Select just a desired area of a screen to mirror.
  • Added indicators on mouseover for display identification
  • Added menu bar indicator when mirroring is paused
  • AirParrot 2 now appears in “Open With…” menu for media files
  • AirParrot 2 menu now closes when selecting another menu bar item
  • Resolved an issue where “Very High” video quality setting actually produced a very low quality video stream
  • Resolved an issue that prevented audio streaming to audio devices with multiple interfaces with self-assigned IP addresses
  • Numerous miscellaneous bug fixes, stability improvements and performance updates

Release notes for version 2.1 can be found here: http://airsquirrels.com/airparrot/release-notes/

You can download this update by selecting “Check for Updates…” from the AirParrot preferences menu. The new version of AirParrot 2 can also be downloaded from here: http://www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot/download/

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!