Editor | 19-09-2013
A new study from ABI Research is predicting that 2.1 billion smartphones and tablets, a majority of such devices, will ship with HDMI output functionality by 2018.
These “Extended Displays: Smartphones and Tablets” found that the market demand is markedly increasing for this functionality from the smartphone and tablet with applications range from mirroring the mobile display for presentations and mobile gaming, to second screen uses for more immersive content experiences, and remote control/navigation applications for VCR-style content control.
Yet ABI cautioned that the capabilities of the display and availability of adapters between the mobile device and display will remain the gating factor for years to come. “Wired technologies currently have the upper-hand since it’s only a matter of using a compatible cable,” said senior practice director Jeff Orr.
“In the next couple years, the battleground will shift toward the use of 60 GHz wireless protocols, including WirelessHD and WiGig, capable of pushing 4K video content from the mobile device to the home, office, or vehicle display.” Other technical advancements expected include enterprise-grade security and manageability of the displays.”