Two Android handsets have taken one step closer in regards to interoperable wireless display sharing. This news came as the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the launch of the Wi-Fi Miracast Certification program. The Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG Optimus G are the first devices to have certification since the testing opened up to vendors.
Samsung Galaxy S3 & LG Optimus G first to support WiFi Miracast
Wi-Fi Direct connection is used by Miracast to take video and audio content from one device to another. This does away with the need for cables or even a connection to any existing Wi-Fi network.
The CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance said that Miracast was the breakthrough they had been waiting for and they were happy with the amount of enthusiasm, along with support.
Analysts are now predicting that annual shipments of devices which come with certification from Miracast could be in the region of one billion within a period of four years. The Echo-P Series TV from Samsung has also been certified and it will work out of the box, without the need to go out and purchase accessories.
Any current HD TV along with other displays would be able to connect to devices running Miracast via a dongle which would plug into the HDMI slot. It is thought that a dongle would cost in the region of $80 to $100 when launched, however the cost could drop to around $50 when they gain in popularity.