Qualcomm's DLNA Skifta app lands in beta form

The Qualcomm developed Skifta app for Android has become the first application to be certified by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) under its new Software Certification program.

The app, which was demoed over in Vegas at CES, is designed to turn smartphones and tablets into universal remote controls, with an emphasis on streaming media. The idea is to allow users to access and play their digital media collection from any connected platform whether they're at home, or on the go.

Qualcomm analysts estimate that there will be nearly 2 billion DLNA Certified devices in homes worldwide by 2014.

“We are proud that the Skifta Android application has become the first DLNA Certified software application,” said Bruce Jackson, vice president of technology at Qualcomm Services Labs.

“The Skifta application demonstrates our commitment to DLNA and to making the smartphone central to the connected home and lifestyle. The Skifta application creates the potential for tens of millions of smartphones and tablets to run DLNA Certified software and stream multimedia content reliably to devices around the home.”

The Skifta application beta is available now in the Android Market. It's free, so give it a whirl and let us know what you think.