Jul 26 AT 5:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

NVIDIA announces support for Miracast wireless display

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Today NVIDIA announced they will embrace the upcoming Miracast open standard for wireless displays. Over the next few months we should see the Wi-Fi Alliance finalize its certification program and then we should see Miracast support rolling out to various Android devices by the end of the year.

Miracast make use of a Wi-Fi connection to deliver audio and video content from one device to another, without cables or a connection to an existing Wi-Fi network. Pretty much any of the current crop of Android devices could potentially see Miracast support, but they will need to receive a software update to enable it.

Previously, we have seen Qualcomm announce Miracast support for devices powered by their Snapdragon S4 chips and Texas Instruments has said they will support it on their OMAP4 and upcoming OMAP5 chips.

Current HDTVs and other displays will be able to directly connect to Miracast devices with the addition of small dongle that plugs into a HDMI port. We expect most of these dongles will retail for $80-100, but prices should dip to as low as $50 once the Miracast standard gains popularity.

Google has not announced native Android support for Miracast, but I expect it will be included in the next release of Android (Key Lime Pie). Android 4.x already has support for Wi-Fi Direct, which Miracast builds on.

Check out the video below to see an early Miracast demo from NVIDIA. They also released a whitepaper (pdf) that details the benefits of their Miracast architecture.

Source: NVIDIA

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  • skugern

    I’d plop down fifty bucks to mirror my Nexus 7 to any TV – especially when I can take it to any TV I want.

  • Mix

    This is pretty darn sweet!

  • aranea

    This a great technology. I like the portability and flexibility of it.

  • Marcofromda510

    I cant help but think of Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark hackes the tv with his hand held device.

  • Mitja

    One question though….are we going to need new TVs with support for miracast?
    It is not only a question of primary device, but also of target devices … in this case TV.

    Don’t see a way I could use this on a TV I already own, and it is not some crappy one, it’s Sony with wifi, widgets and whatnot.

    Just asking…

    • skugern

      Re-read the article: the 4th paragraph talks about a “dongle” that plugs into an existing HDMI port on any TV made in, say, the last decade.

  • MoSDeeb

    This will be extremely useful when traveling for business. I never liked hotel tv service.

  • lancaster09

    I’ve got the G-Slate and I thought I was pretty lucky to have the hdmi slot. Its been nice and all but I’m tired of being limited by the cord. I can’t wait to shoot my screen onto my tv FROM THE COUCH!!!

  • dVyper

    Looks very nice but from what I can see from the demo there’s a bit too much lag I think for serious gaming… :( Just think, if the lag was improved and you bought a supported controller you could have the equivalent of a previous generation games console experience running from your phone…

  • mhotchko

    It is quite useful, but what I really want is to be able to run two screens, such as the “extend the desktop” option on a PC. That way I can watch a movie on the big screen TV while surfing the web on the small screen. I don’t think any Android device has that yet, but it has been around for years on the Windows PC. Makes me realize how amazing a PC is when even the latest mobile devices don’t yet have these features.

  • Mark

    Ok I’m a bit confused, Tegra 3 is out there in a bunch of devices. But I assume these devices can’t do this now so what’s the deal? Does this just need Android support then? What does it have to do with Tegra 3 then? Do I just need to sit back and wait for Google to add this to Android and that is all?

    • aranea

      The 2nd paragraph explains it:
      “Miracast make use of a Wi-Fi connection to deliver audio and video content from one device to another, without cables or a connection to an existing Wi-Fi network. Pretty much any of the current crop of Android devices could potentially see Miracast support, but they will need to receive a software update to enable it.”

  • shahbaz

    it’s awesome that’s why I love android…..but someone plz tell me that it can be used on old lcd tv’s and also I’ve spent 100 buck to buy a special dongle made for this or I can use any one………!

  1. I’d plop down fifty bucks to mirror my Nexus 7 to any TV – especially when I can take it to any TV I want.

  2. This is pretty darn sweet!

  3. This a great technology. I like the portability and flexibility of it.

  4. I cant help but think of Iron Man 2 when Tony Stark hackes the tv with his hand held device.

  5. MitjaGuest 3 years ago

    One question though….are we going to need new TVs with support for miracast?
    It is not only a question of primary device, but also of target devices … in this case TV.

    Don’t see a way I could use this on a TV I already own, and it is not some crappy one, it’s Sony with wifi, widgets and whatnot.

    Just asking…

    • Re-read the article: the 4th paragraph talks about a “dongle” that plugs into an existing HDMI port on any TV made in, say, the last decade.

  6. This will be extremely useful when traveling for business. I never liked hotel tv service.

  7. I’ve got the G-Slate and I thought I was pretty lucky to have the hdmi slot. Its been nice and all but I’m tired of being limited by the cord. I can’t wait to shoot my screen onto my tv FROM THE COUCH!!!

  8. Looks very nice but from what I can see from the demo there’s a bit too much lag I think for serious gaming… :( Just think, if the lag was improved and you bought a supported controller you could have the equivalent of a previous generation games console experience running from your phone…

  9. It is quite useful, but what I really want is to be able to run two screens, such as the “extend the desktop” option on a PC. That way I can watch a movie on the big screen TV while surfing the web on the small screen. I don’t think any Android device has that yet, but it has been around for years on the Windows PC. Makes me realize how amazing a PC is when even the latest mobile devices don’t yet have these features.

  10. MarkGuest 3 years ago

    Ok I’m a bit confused, Tegra 3 is out there in a bunch of devices. But I assume these devices can’t do this now so what’s the deal? Does this just need Android support then? What does it have to do with Tegra 3 then? Do I just need to sit back and wait for Google to add this to Android and that is all?

    • The 2nd paragraph explains it:
      “Miracast make use of a Wi-Fi connection to deliver audio and video content from one device to another, without cables or a connection to an existing Wi-Fi network. Pretty much any of the current crop of Android devices could potentially see Miracast support, but they will need to receive a software update to enable it.”

  11. shahbazGuest 3 years ago

    it’s awesome that’s why I love android…..but someone plz tell me that it can be used on old lcd tv’s and also I’ve spent 100 buck to buy a special dongle made for this or I can use any one………!