Wi-Fi Alliance unveils Miracast certification to ease multimedia streaming

Devices from multiple vendors can share video, images and other content without an access point or complex setup, the group said

By , IDG News Service |  Mobile & Wireless

Apple's AirPlay is the most prominent alternative to Miracast, and Apple has shared that technology with makers of some products that complement its computers and mobile devices.

"If Apple were to win, it wouldn't be the first time a proprietary technology beat the standard," said Farpoint Group analyst Craig Mathias.

However, Miracast has a large built-in advantage because of its backing by the Wi-Fi Alliance, which has defined in-building wireless for many years, Mathias said. He sees the specification as being potentially even more important in work settings than at home, for functions such as sending content to a shared projector.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

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