MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) Turns Your Phone into a Set-Top Box, Game Console and more

MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) was introduced at Mobile World Conference 2011, some progress has been done since then.

For now Two HDTVs are MHL compliant: the Toshiba WL800A and the Samsung UN46D7000.
The Toshiba TV already have a firmware upgrade that provides MHL support, a firmware upgrade will come later for the Samsung HDTV.

MHL provides market disruptive features that such as the ability to charging MHL compliant phones and tablets, control them with the TV remote through one simple MHL connector (micro-USB to HDMI). In the demo below, they show the phone connected to the Toshiba WL800A and being controlled with the TV remote control to play videos (including trick modes: pause, ffwd, etc..), play Android games and use a web browser.

Once you install Google TV 2.0 in your phone (you’ll probably need Android 4.0) or tablet, you can get a great TV experience via your mobile device.

If you have an MHL enabled smartphone and TV, that means you don’t really need your set-top box or media player (except for satellite and/or cable), you don’t really need a game console (except for hardcore gamers) and you won’t even need a laptop or desktop PC once applications are optimized for larger displays.

I’ve also written about ARM virtualization in the previous post, so you could imagine having Android OS (for phone usage) for games, web browsing and Ubuntu or Windows 7.5/8 for desktop usage via Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Watch the video below for an awesome interview and demo by Charbax.

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