Real HDMI: Finally able to Control your HDMI!!
*Credit to gman!!! for his work enabling more control over the X's HDMI port.
"Real HDMI" is now on the android marketplace for $1.99
NO ROOT REQUIRED, WORKS ON 2.1 AND LEAKED 2.2
Finally get control of your HDMI port on your Droid X. This is rev 1.0.3 of the app and will be continuing development down the road.
What is Does:
When HDMI is enabled it sends the output that would normally going to your phone to the HDMI output port. It unfortunatly doesn't allow mirroing of the display. But does let you watch content on your big screen. Ability of content to display properly depends on the ability of the app you are using to scale to large size of TV screen. If uses absolute coordinates for its layout it might not scale properly.
Am going to be putting together a list of what apps work and don't as I get reports from folks.
- Enabling HDMI Output
Hook up your cable to the phone. When connected the “DETECT” button should change to an “ON” button and “HDMI Detected” status should turn to “Yes”.
If it does not, click on the DETECT button and check your cable and TV Settings.
Once the green button displays “ON” you can click the green button to turn the HDMI output on.
Alternatively you can go to the notification bar, and when it says HDMI = OFF, you can click on the notification icon to turn HDMI ON.
- Disabling HDMI (returning to seeing content on phone)
There are 4 ways to disable HDMI output.
#1 When Real HDMI application has focus, you can change orientation of the device.
#2 You can unplug the HDMI Cable
#3 When Real HDMI application in on the screen on your TV, click appropriate location for red OFF button on the screen.
#4 With HDMI on, go to notification bar and click on the notification
- Using Dock Modes
The Application provides the ability to simulate the doc modes for your phone. Selecting the Car Dock will enable the Car Dock Home screen.
Selecting the Media Dock will enable the Media Dock Home Screen.
Clicking Dock Off will restore phone to non-docked status
- Application Problems
Some applications will have problem displaying video to HDMI as they are build with assumptions about screen sizes. They are using fixed layouts and not proper auto sizing layouts as per Android developers guides. Only way to fix those issues is to have the app developer of the application fix their application.
Enabling or Disabling HDMI out while a video is playing can have strange results as the rendering surface size ends up changing mid video. Stop and Start the application and it should be fine.
EDIT: things to look forward to as this is early in development!
- Independent control of audio out (mute, hdmi audio only with no video, etc)
- better HDMI on/offcontrol. Things like shake for on, shake phone for off. Timed enable of HDMI. HDMI on/off based on proximity sensor(I like this one the best so far)
- "snapshots" - idea being to perodically take a snapshot of HDMI out frame buffer and output to the phones screen. to at least give you some better input interface
- the whole "live dual view" thing
- screen orientation issues (getting home screen to be horizontal)