Bangalore May 1 2013: A new technology standard promoted by leading mobile and consumer electronics players has reached India: MHL technology delivers 1080p, 60 frames per second uncompressed video with up to eight channels of digital audio, all while the display charges the device. Consumers can connect their MHL-enabled devices to the big screen to watch HD videos, play video games or work on business presentations. Consumers are also able to control MHL-enabled mobile devices using the existing DTV remote.
The MHL technology standard was developed by Promoters- Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony, and Toshiba. The MHL Consortium now has more than 200 members supporting the MHL standard, including some of the largest mobile device and consumer electronics companies in the world. MHL-enabled products include smartphones, tablets, DTVs, monitors, projectors, AV receivers, Blu-ray Disc players, cables, TV accessories, adapters, automotive accessories and more. Since the retail introduction of the first MHL-enabled devices in 2011, the MHL ecosystem has grown to an installed base of more than 220 million products and greater than 300 unique products in the marketplace today.
Michael Bergen, senior partner alliance manager, MHL, LLC, was in Bangalore recently to evangelise MHL.
The Automotive sector is also embracing MHL technology with manufacturers such as JVC-Kenwood and Pioneer viewing MHL as a compelling solution to integrate the phone into the car infotainment experience. Due to the vastly disparate life cycle and development times of smartphone and car infotainment systems, the infotainment system constantly faces the risk of being obsolete by the time it reaches the market. The smartphone connected car is a low-cost alternative for automotive manufacturers to offer in-dash apps, GPS, music, and video streaming services, without having to commit to yesterday’s technologies.
Content is key when it comes to MHL, so a curated list of “Featured Apps and Games,” is on our Meet MHL website that focuses on apps and games – using TVs, projectors and PC monitors to display exciting content from a consumer’s mobile device. You can find out more here:
Recent mobile devices which are MHL compliant include, HTC Butterfly, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 and 5.8, Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia SP, Z, ZL, ZTE Grand Memo, ZTE Grand S, Huawei Ascend D2 and P2,
Full list of MHL devices, here:
Facts about MHL: The MHL Consortium was founded in April 2010. There is an installed base of over 220 million MHL-enabled products. First retail products with MHL technology were available in May 2011. The first phones released with MHL technology were from Samsung. The first tablet released with MHL technology was from HTC. The first television released with MHL technology was from Toshiba. Retail stores that carry MHL products include Croma Retail, Future Bazaar, Reliance Digital, Bajaj Electronics and Next. Online stores that carry MHL adapters, cables and products include eBay, Croma Retail, and FutureBazaar.com.