Samsung Galaxy S becomes first Wi-Fi Direct certified handset

By on November 3, 2010 at 10:31 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S becomes first Wi-Fi Direct certified handset

It looks as though the worldly Samsung Galaxy S will be one of the very first smartphones to be knighted by the Wi-Fi Alliance as Wi-Fi Direct certified. Wi-Fi Direct is a newly minted protocol that will allow enabled electronics to make device-to-device connections with the speed, range, and throughput of 802.11b/g/n. Samsung’s generic GT-I9000 is now listed on the Wi-Fi Alliance’s site as a Wi-Fi Direct compatible device.

As a note, any Wi-Fi enabled device can gain Wi-Fi Direct certification by implementing an approved software/firmware update; no additional hardware is needed for the protocol. Now, in regards to when Sammy will actually roll-out this approved code to GT-I9000 handsets… that’s anyone’s guess.

[Via Engadget] More →

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Wi-Fi Direct launched, device-to-device connections with range and speed of Wi-Fi

By on October 25, 2010 at 1:29 PM.

Wi-Fi Direct launched, device-to-device connections with range and speed of Wi-Fi

Today, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new protocol that is sure to furtherĀ embedĀ the groups namesake technology in your life called Wi-Fi Direct. The new technology will allow devices to use the Wi-Fi protocol to make device-to-device connections (similar to Bluetooth) with the range and throughput of the 802.11 specification. As the press release reads: “Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can connect with older Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices, enabling a vast range of devices already in use to connect with products implementing Wi-Fi Direct from the certification program’s inception. [...] Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can support Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n technology as well as older forms of Wi-Fi.” The implications of Wi-Fi Direct in both the mobile and non-mobile spaces are pretty exciting. Hit the jump to check out the full press release. More →

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Apple tries to burn iPhone 3G inventory with direct shipments

By on May 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM.

Apple tries to burn iPhone 3G inventory with direct shipments

Yep, it’s time to move that inventory fellas. Before next month rolls around and a new updated model turns the iPhone 3G into yesterday’s news, Apple has taken a step towards clearing out its current inventory by offering to direct ship iPhone 3G orders for free. Presuming you don’t want to wait to hear what Apple has in store next month — from what we’ve heard so far it looks like we may be looking at a very modest update — and making your way over to AT&T’s site requires too many button presses, you can now order direct from the Apple Store and have your shiny new iPhone within days. Pricing is still the same — for now — so this is likely a first step in a series of efforts to make room for iPhone part trois.

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