This new Samsung feature might change the way you watch TV

This new Samsung feature might change the way you watch TV
With the amount of media consumption we do these days, the modern ubiquity of smart TVs is no surprise. However, in many cases, system navigation with TV remotes still has a ways to go before it can really rival the intuitive taps and swipes of smartphone touchscreens. That’s why inter-device screen mirroring is such a useful feature to have- and Samsung might be preparing to make it a whole lot better.

As LetsGoDigital spotted, the South Korean tech giant just filed a patent for a technology called “Samsung Tap View”, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like- a nifty new feature that allows you to easily mirror your smartphone’s display just by tapping it on a smart TV.

Software systems like Miracast or Chromecast have made mirroring much more seamless, but it can still be a bit finicky, sometimes requiring you to fiddle with Wi-Fi settings or sign into your Google account. On the other hand, Samsung’s Tap View might make the whole process painlessly simple. It might come in extra handy for mirroring to a display at your friend's house, or at a hotel. 

What exactly powers the new feature isn’t yet known, but an obvious choice would be NFC, or near-field communication, the same stuff that makes contactless payments possible. In fact, NFC is already being used on plenty of Bluetooth devices to facilitate seamless pairing, so using it to build easier mirroring systems makes a lot of sense.

If Samsung does use NFC, it wouldn’t be the first to do so either; Sony has also incorporated NFC mirroring into recent smart TVs, though the feature hasn’t received a lot of spotlight. First or not, Tap View is an exciting (and cool!) step towards a more connected future, so we’re excited to see where and when it might pop up.

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13 Comments

1. Rocket

Posts: 736; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I like Lg's magic remote, they just need to make it more responsive and add a qwerty keyboard.

9. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

am i from the future or something because my samsung tv and phone since the gs3 have been doing this with just a tap, samsung had a smartview app that allowed you to cast from phone to tv or tv to phone so if you went to the bathroom you could still watch live. now they just have cast to tv or device meaning fridge or other device and its very easy.

2. ProfessorJER

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

I just press a button on Google Home on my Pixel and my screen mirrors perfectly. Don't see why this is such an innovation.

3. Gryffin

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

I have a samsung tv from 2013 that is easily able to mirror a samsung phone just via wifi.

4. ChrisLaarman

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 12, 2016

In my view, inter-device screen mirroring is a waypoint in a shift from desktop computers to mobile (and ultimately wearable) devices. The ultimate "Bring Your Own Device", just mirror to a large screen and optionally add a hardware keyboard.

5. Georgio

Posts: 332; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

By turning NFC on ; it will kill the battery from your device faster( phone ; tablet)

7. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

NFC is extremely low power use, it won't drain the battery.

10. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

what are you talking about nfc is on all the time and bluetooth and wifi and everything elses and still i get a full days charge.

6. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

All I need to do is swipe down on my notification shade and tap smart view, this sounds like an inconvenience.

8. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

The iPhone is already capable of doing that. This is nothing new maybe for android.

11. audibot

Posts: 689; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

since when was apple doing cast i know we android people had it back in 2012 maybe even before that

12. worknprogress

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 08, 2019

You’ve been able to cast from iOS since june of 2011.

13. cosmo100292

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 01, 2019

Right now i can stream any video via Airdrop to my samsung TV seamlessly and without having to sign into anything. My Pixel cannot

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