November 10 , 2015

Reflector 2 for Android and Fire TV has Arrived

Android technology is all over the place. It’s on our phones, our tablets, our TVs, our washing machines and the list goes on. If you’ve ever dreamed of mirroring your iOS device to your app-enabled Android refrigerator or home theater system, we’ve got good news. Reflector 2 is now available for Android devices, and we've even made it available on Amazon Fire TV!

Get Reflector 2 for Fire Tv or Android today!

This update brings a number of fixes, improvements and additions to our existing Reflector for Android application. We spent a significant amount of time making technical improvements to the core of the application to improve overall stability and speed.

The updated core allows us to offer iOS 9 mirroring on Android. Passcodes and passwords are also supported. On most devices, we’re utilizing hardware decoders when mirroring, and we’ve also added support for Android-included APIs. These items combined create a snappy mirroring experience.

We made improvements to streaming, too. We’re using native Android media features when playing back streamed media. In most cases, this is also backed by hardware decoding. The end result is a quicker and much more enjoyable experience when streaming to your Android device.

Existing Reflector for Android customers will receive the update to Reflector 2 at no charge. Simply update Reflector for Android on your device to get the new version. Amazon Fire TV customers also get this update at no charge.

Check out Reflector 2 on the Google Play Store, or if you're using a Fire TV, check out Reflector 2 on Amazon.

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.

December 23 , 2014

Reflector for Android 1.1.6 is Available

An update to Reflector for Android is now available. this update resolves an issue that prevented some streamed videos from playing. The update also includes miscellaneous fixes and improvements. You can get this update by visiting the Google Play Store.

Note: This is not an update to Reflector for Fire TV. A Similar update has been submitted to Amazon and is waiting approval. 

December 19 , 2014

AirPlay to Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Reflector is now available for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick just in time for the holidays! Reflector gives Fire TV users more control over their home entertainment. It’s an AirPlay mirroring receiver that allows users to send iOS device and computer screens to a Fire TV.

Reflector for Fire TV opens a new door for content on television. Games available for iPad and iPhone can now be played on the big screen, and videos and pictures can be shared with everyone in the room.

Use Fire TV as a second display for a computer. Reflector for Fire TV can receive mirroring connections from computers, too. Extend your desktop to the connected TV for more space or mirror it exactly how it is. 

Reflector on Fire TV is available on the Fire TV store for $6.99! 

How can you use Reflector on Fire TV?

  • Stream movies from your iOS device and control playback with the Fire TV remote.
  • Share pictures and videos from your iPad or iPhone with everyone who can see your TV.
  • Share presentations from iOS devices to a larger screen.
  • Play iOS games on a larger screen.
  • Display your computer screen wirelessly on a larger display.
  • Extend your computer desktop to Fire TV using AirParrot 2 for more workspace.

How to download Reflector for Android on Fire TV?

On Fire TV, browse to the Apps > Entertainment area and look for Reflector or go to Search from the main menu and search for “Reflector”.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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August 5 , 2014

Reflector for Android 1.1.1 is Available

Reflector for Android version 1.1.1 is now available on the Google Play Store

Version 1.1.1 adds better on-screen cues when using a hardware remote. This version also corrects a bug that prevented the FAQ from dismissing when mirroring.

Download this update by visiting the Google Play Store on your device.

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!