Samsung Galaxy S News: Samsung Galaxy S is Wi-Fi Direct Certified

Thumbnail image for GalaxySinGal.JPGThe Wi-Fi Alliance has started certification of the new Wi-Fi Direct standard.  On the Wi-Fi certification list is the Samsung Galaxy S, the first smartphone to be qualified for new point-to-point Wi-Fi connections.

The Samsung GT-I9000
received Wi-Fi Direct certification on November 1.

Wi-Fi Direct facilitates device-to-device wireless 802.11
communication without requiring a wireless access point or going out to
the web.  Only one smartphone has to be Wi-Fi Direct certified
to enable wireless networking with any other Wi-Fi gadget.

In theory, Samsung Galaxy S owners should be able to share photos, music, video,
and other files over a localized network.  Wi-Fi Direct is like Bluetooth except that most users have Wi-Fi devices available.

Samsung Galaxy S smartphones in the U.S. include the Samsung Epic 4G, Samsung Fascinate, Samsung Captivate and Samsung Vibrant.  It is not clear if these models are Wi-Fi Direct certified.  You can see the differences in our Samsung Galaxy S comparison article.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is coming from US Cellular, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T.

We will be exploring the Samsung Galaxy S phone series in future articles.  Check the Samsung Galaxy S page to see when they appear.