Recently Consumer Electronics (CE) market is flooded with many MHL enabled devices. But what exactly is MHL and why do we need it??
Basically MHL stands for Mobile High-Definition Link and is developed by MHL Consortium - which includes Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony, and Toshiba. They have defined a standard through which users can connect their Smartphones, Tablets, and other devices to an HDTV.
Using MHL, users can stream the content of their Smartphone or other MHL-enabled devices to an MHL- supported TV. This can be achieved by connecting your Smartphones to the TV using a MHL cable. Typically, the MHL cable comes with a MicroUSB connector at one end and an HDMI connector at the other. Users need to connect the MicroUSB connector to their Smartphone and the HDMI connector to the TV's MHL/HDMI input for streaming the contents. Since MHL can work with any type of connector, future mobile devices with USB Type-C will also be supported.
MHL technology supports Remote Control Protocol (RCP), which allow users to access their phone content on their MHL-supported TV using the TV's remote control. Apart from streaming the contents from phone to TV, the MHL cable carries the control data from the TV to phone and also charges the phone.
If your HDTV doesn't support MHL, you can still connect your MHL-enabled Smartphone/Tablet to an HDMI TV by using an MHL adapter. The MHL adapter comes with a MicroUSB connector at one end and an HDMI slot at the other. You can plug an HDMI cable from the TV to the HDMI slot on the adapter.
MHL Check - Open this link in your phone to check if your phone is MHL enabled.