The Wi-Fi Alliance added new set of services to its Wi-Fi Direct certification program, aimed at reducing operations to a single step, notes FierceWireless. The initial wave of devices, notably TVs and printers, supporting the optional services could be launched at International CES in January, while supported cellular handsets are set to debut later in 2015.
Chief among the improvements is that applications will now be able to initiate a Wi-Fi Direct connection between devices from different makers without requiring the user to configure a connection. Compatible devices can now “discover, connect, and do” in a single step and immediately implement interoperable services for common tasks. The alliance is also offering a toolkit with a developer interface for use when building applications to run on Wi-Fi Direct connections.