If you haven't heard of Miracast, it's the Wi-Fi Alliance's answer to Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming standard, which uses Wi-Fi Direct to shunt around your content.
More to the point, it you haven't heard of Miracast, it's probably because there haven't been any devices actually certified to use it. Until today – step forward the Samsung Galaxy S III and LG's Optimus G.
The duo have been named the first Miracast-compatible devices, which might not mean a whole lot right now (especially since the Optimus G isn't actually out yet).
But with most of the tech heavyweights bar Apple predictably lining up across the digital divide from the Cupertino giant, expect the list of Miracast-friendly gadgets to grow quickly to include a wide range of TVs, set-top boxes, laptops, smartphones, tablets and other devices used for home entertainment purposes.
In the short term, Samsung's next-gen TVs and Realtek network cards will soon feature Miracast certification directly, while components from Broadcom, Intel, Marvell, MediaTek and Ralink will soon be finding their way into other technology gear. The standard is expected to be supported by around 1.5 billion devices by 2016, which you'll be able to identify by their “Wi-Fi Certified” logos.
In the meantime, kudos to LG for getting the newly announced Optimus G in on the action from the very start. We're getting moderately excited about the G in ways we're not used to for an LG device, to be honest. Hopefully we won't be disappointed.
As for the Galaxy S III, it's not much of a suprise to see it first on the list for any new tech to hit the Android ecosystem. It's what took the Galaxy S II to the front of the pack last year, and its successor seems to have followed seamlessly in its footsteps.