The iPhone can no longer hold AirPlay over Android’s head. Android devices now have their own specialized device to facilitate music streaming over Wi-Fi – the Phorus PS-1 Wireless Speaker.
Phorus is owned by parent company DTS, which has developed DTS Play-Fi wireless technology. That serves essentially the same purpose as AirPlay for iOS – it streams music over Wi-Fi, which allows for better sound quality than the alternative, Bluetooth. And unlike Bluetooth, Play-Fi can stream uncompressed files. The required Play-Fi app handles the organization and transmission of your music library, while preserving audio quality and sound details. The speaker itself emits 360 degree sound.
The speaker has a place where you can rest your Android phone, but it’s not exactly a docking station. The whole systems works over Wi-Fi, so you’re free to roam around and use your Android phone or tablet for other purposes while the Play-Fi app streams music to the speaker in the background.
In addition to the PS-1 Speaker, Phorus has also developed the Play-Fi Receiver which lets you extend Play-Fi technology to just about any other speaker system. Finally, the speakers and receiver can work together to stream music to a multi room set-up, all by using the app. In this way, Phorus is a lot like the popular, but much more expensive multi-room streaming alternative – Sonos.
Now that the PS-1 is here, it’s easy to imagine a bunch more products like it will soon be coming out of the woodwork. Good thing for Android device owners – hopefully that will push the price down. Still, the pricing on the Phorus PS-1 Wireless Speaker isn’t too egregious, at about $200. You can grab the device off the Phorus store or from Amazon. The Play-Fi app will be available for free on Google Play on October 1st.