Later this year, there will be a new industry standard called WiFi Display, that will start appearing in both mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, but also smart TV’s. Both TI and Qualcomm are pushing for this standard in 2012 and we should expect at least a few devices to have it by the end of the year.
Samsung and Nvidia haven’t announced anything related to this, but Samsung is one of the biggest TV manufacturers, and they are good at pushing new standards, so I’m sure they will have this, too, most likely starting with the Galaxy S3. Nvidia might not have the support for the WiFi Display in Tegra 3, but they surely have it in Tegra 3+ or Tegra 4.
I believe WiFi Display technology will be a very popular and useful technology going forward. Ever since I saw what you could do with HDMI mirroring, the first thing I thought was that it was great that you can send stuff from your phone to your TV, but my second thought was how cumbersome it must be to connect a HDMI cable to the phone and the TV and operate it like that. Doing it wirelessly should be a whole lot easier.
The possibilities are limitless. Before Google TV was demoed, I was thinking how you could use your phone to directly interact with the interface of the TV on your phone, perhaps through an app. So instead of using a real full QWERTY keyboard to navigate the menu, or a remote, which would feel more like using a tracker on a touchscreen phone, why not just press on the TV menu from your phone, and have it change on the TV? Doing that would be much easier with a wireless technology that can seamlessly connect to your TV, and would not use a whole lot of power either, so it doesn’t kill your phone’s battery too fast.
The WiFi Display technology could be used for transferring files between phones, tablets and laptops, too, all without even needing a hotspot. WiFi Display has the WiFi Direct technology as its core, which has already been implemented in some Samsung phones, especially. So I would expect this to arrive very soon: