MHL Consortium shows some of the latest MHL features

Posted by Charbax – October 30, 2011

There are now 2 HDTVs that are MHL compliant, the Toshiba WL800A and the Samsung UN46D7000 now also got a firmware update that ads MHL support. Possibly that all new HDTVs will include this functionality. It allows for charging MHL compliant phones and tablets and to remote control them with the TV remote through one simple cable and one Micro-USB connector. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich might add new MHL features to the UI, otherwise the MHL Consortium is trying to convince app developers and smart phone makers to design the apps and the OS to take advantage of the 1920x1080 resolution of the HDTV when using the HDMI output, to provide higher resolution user interfaces, higher resolution games, the ARM Processors and GPU in those phones and tablets are now getting powerful enough to output full 1080p UIs, videos and graphics, it's time for the industry to take advantage of that! One pocketable phone can now combine the features of Android, Chrome OS and Google TV, it's now a phone, a desktop, a set-top-box and a home console all in one!

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  • Bob

    I just wish there was a way to use MHL and plug in my 3TB drive at the same time.  Also we still haven’t seen how 1080p-savvy Android ICS is.

  • Yes I hope to see a solution for adding full USB Host to the MHL standard. For example somehow adding one or several full sized USB Host ports on that MHL adapter. And I expect Android 4 ICS will be fully 1080p savvy, but maybe for some reason not yet with Android 4.0 but maybe only later with Android 4.1 or 4.2 as for example the Google TV upgrade is for now using 3.1 and is still Intel-only. It might take another few months for Google to combine all the set-top-box optimizations into ARM Powered Ice Cream Sandwich. To be confirmed once people start testing the Galaxy Nexus during the next couple of weeks or so.

  • Nathan Drake

    I love this guy MHL, FTW!

  • Anthrox

    be nice to have MHL also work with just audio to like a clock radio

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