Since 2011, manufacturers have been shipping products with its device specifications that can connect the screens of mobile devices with consumer electronics devices such as televisions. Today the MHL Consortium announced that 650 million products have shipped.
MHL is a specification that enables a mobile device to transfer high-definition video and audio over a cable to a high-definition TV and other digital home entertainment products.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based consortium, which consists of big tech companies from Samsung to Sony, said that its newest MHL 3.0 standard allows people to transfer 4K video from one device to another. The MHL consortium said that it is seeing increased adoption of MHL technology in China and India.
MHL devices include adapters, automotive accessories, A/V receivers, Blu-ray disc players, cables, DTVs, monitors, projectors, smartphones, streaming media sticks, tablets and more. MHL-compliant devices that can output 4K Ultra HD video include the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Sony Xperia Z2 and Z3, and ZTE nubia Z7. Sony and Samsung are shipping MHL 3.0 4K Ultra displays.
The ability to connect a smartphone or tablet to the big screen to display photos and videos, play games, or use productivity applications is a compelling value proposition, according to MHL.
“When we released the first MHL specification, we started with a simple idea of connecting a phone to a TV. This has now evolved into an advanced world of connectivity,” said Rob Tobias, president, MHL. “Our product ecosystem has rapidly grown and the use cases continue to expand, making MHL the world’s most widely adopted mobile TV-out standard and the defacto connectivity between mobile, consumer electronics, and automotive products.”