Qualcomm Atheros' Wi-Fi Display Eases Content Sharing Pains
Qualcomm Atheros today announced new Wi-Fi Display services, a Wi-Fi Direct-based technology that allows users of consumer electronics to share the content on the screen of one device with the screen of another nearby device. For example, smartphones or tablet users will be able to share content (web pages, media, etc.) from their device to a nearby television set or computer without the need for a network or internet connection. Wi-Fi Display technology uses the 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless bands, and offers non-overlapping channels for "relatively interference-free transmission of latency-sensitive media content." The Wi-Fi Display standard uses Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) for security to keep content protected. Qualcomm Atheros' Wi-Fi Display solutions will initially support Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Windows 7 and Windows 8. The technology will sample to vendors later this year, and is expected to reach consumer devices by the end of the second quarter.
Google Refreshes Nearby Connections API for P2P Interactions
Jul 31, 2017
Google today released the Nearby Connections 2.0 API to developers, which will eventually help Android devices find, connect to, and communicate with other nearby devices all on their own. The vision is to make it possible for Android handsets to automatically share information with internet-of-things-type devices, such as personal temperature preferences with thermostats, Netflix playlists with connected television sets, and so on.
Google Improves Family Sharing In Calendar, Keep, and Photos
May 23, 2017
Google today detailed how families can use their Google account to stay connected and in sync with one another. Google already allows people to share media via Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Books.
Google Reveals Enterprise Features in Android P
May 22, 2018
Google today provided more information about business features baked into Android P. To start, Android P makes it easier for businesses to set up, manage, and keep separate work and personal profiles.
AT&T Announces 'DirecTV Now' Internet-Based TV Service
Nov 28, 2016
AT&T today announced an over-the-top television service called DirectTV Now. It includes a range of live, streamed television and on-demand content at a variety of price points.
Researchers Suggest Phone Makers Mislead Consumers About Security Patches
Apr 12, 2018
Security Research Labs says Android phone makers often miss security patches but still tell owners the phones are up-to-date. Researchers Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell examined the code of some 1,200 phones from more than a dozen phone makers for every security patch released during 2017.