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Share content wirelessly between two Android devices with Android Transporter!

Posted by wicked May - 23 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

A few months back, we started hearing about WiFi Display technology and how it could be featured by smartphones, tablets and TVs by the end of 2012. Unfortunately, while it sounded like a fantastic idea in theory, we haven’t heard anything since then about any developments in the field; it has recently felt as if the technology was never going to become reality.

However, when the industry’s major players fail to make headway in a new technology area, we often see small, unknown companies shock us with their ideas and development. This is exactly the case in this example, where we failed to hear anything official from Samsung or LG, but we spotted something very interesting from… E.S.R. Labs.

Embedded Software Research Labs is the full name of the software startup company that is currently working on the Android Transporter project and the progress they’ve made so far is truly breathtaking. Android Transporter is a real-time WiFi Display for Android and has only been made to work so far on the Nexus S.

However, as you’ll be able to see with your own eyes in the video clip at the end of the post, the technology looks absolutely remarkable and might open up an entire new world of possibilities. The Android Transporter allows you to wirelessly connect a Nexus S to another Nexus S and display contents of one phone to another.

That doesn’t sound very impressive, does it? But what if we were to tell you that the guys at ESR Labs are confident they can make the technology work on any Android smartphone and tablet, as well as on TVs, beamers, and car infotainment systems? Does that sound like something you would be interested in?

It should, especially seeing that the project is quite functional, with good performance and responsiveness on the two Nexus S phones showcased in the video. I can’t tell you everything that would be possible if the Android Transporter project were extended to other gadgets and commercially launched; just think of how cool it would be to play a game on two phones, using one of the devices as a controller and the other one only for its display. Alternatively, imagine how easy it would be to link content from your phone to a TV or any other gadget.

Don’t forget to check out the video clip below showing you how the Android Transporter works. If you’re willing to help out the project’s advancement, you should know that there’s a thread on the XDA-Developers forum where you can talk with the Transporter’s developers. Better yet, you can go directly to the ESRLabs official website! Enjoy the clip and let us know what you think of this new project and its chances to be commercially made available in the near future.


This article, Share content wirelessly between two Android devices with Android Transporter! , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.



WiFi Display to Make Your Life Easier in 2012

Posted by wicked January - 24 - 2012 - Tuesday Comments Off

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je2lWjfpywQ

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This article, WiFi Display to Make Your Life Easier in 2012 , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com – Your Android News Source.



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