LG announces support for Wi-Fi Direct, could it be the first nail in Bluetooth's coffin?
LG announced support for a curious technology dubbed Wi-Fi Direct set to help you faster transfer files between your Wi-Fi enabled devices. Could it be the first nail in Bluetooth's coffin? Stay tuned as we take on CES, where LG will showcase the technology. Wi-Fi Direct doubles Bluetooth and improves over it in some aspects (think range and speed), but is still far from mass acceptance and it will be a bit premature to doom Bluetooth.
Wi-Fi Direct will make its debut on the still hot off the CES floor LG Optimus Black, which has now stepped up the first place as world's thinnest to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Ark. The technology allows quicker sharing without tethering to Wi-Fi hotspots and falls nicely in LG's wireless services integration along with DLNA. Router-free sharing will surely be easier as the technology is simpler and relies on a software-based alternative to access points – the Soft AP, which allows compatible devices to act as access points.
It is not only simpler than traditional peer-to-peer connections, but offers better security as well. Or as LG simply puts it:
“Wi-Fi Direct makes it easier than ever to transfer pictures to printers, sync data between phones and PCs and enjoy interactive mobile games with friends, all without the need for wires or Wi-Fi hotspots.”
source: LG Newsroom