Samsung may have a trick up its sleeve for the next Samsung Galaxy handset which could be an absolute game-changer for the industry. True innovation in the smartphone sphere is getting harder and harder to come by these days, with standout never-before-seen features few and far between. But the South Korean tech giant could be working on a revolutionary new feature that could forever change how smart devices work.
Samsung could be about to make one smartphone nuisance a thing of the past, with plans afoot to dispel of the need to manually enter Wi-Fi logins entirely. The Galaxy tablet and smartphone makers have signed up to join the WFA OpenRoaming initiative, which is the brainchild of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA).
This consortium are working towards an ambitious future where smartphone users no longer need to manually enter passwords to join Wi-Fi networks.
As reported on in a post by SamMobile, the OpenRoaming project covers a whole range of devices such as smartphones, wearables and laptops.
And the long-term aim is having smart devices dynamically syncing up to Wi-Fi hotspots in real-time automatically without any user input.
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Samsung aren't the only ones who have subscribed to this vision, with Google, Intel and cellular experts Boingo also joining the project.
Speaking about the alliance, WBA CEO Tiago Rodrigues has urged more organisations to join the consortium working to break down barriers within Wi-Fi communication.
Rodrigues said: “Wi-Fi is already arguably the most successful wireless technology of our time, but with these globally agreed standards and policies, we can take public-guest Wi-Fi to another level in terms of ease-of-use and global availability.
“The WBA OpenRoaming creates an open framework for all types of players to join and develop their Wi-Fi services and create new business opportunities. We invite venues, vendors and operator/identity providers to join WBA OpenRoaming and revolutionise Wi-Fi usage around the world.”
OpenRoaming is tied into Wi-Fi 6, and is developed by Cisco who said it “enables users to seamlessly and securely onboard to Wi-Fi networks for an always connected experience”.
If you're wondering how this could impact your everyday life, then Cisco's Matt MacPherson talked about the benefits of OpenRoaming in a past blog post.
MacPherson wrote: “Getting on Wi-Fi in public environments is often not worth the hassle of providing personal information or using an insecure username and password, even considering the alternative paying for data through your cellular company. But what if getting on Wi-Fi was as easy and secure as getting on cellular?
“It is possible, and we’re going to make it happen.
“With OpenRoaming, an initiative being led by Cisco, you’ll be able to get onto Wi-Fi seamlessly and securely the second you walk into a participating location. Device users can employ one of their existing identities like their Samsung ID, their mobile SIM card, or a cloud provider to sign into OpenRoaming once, granting them seamless access to participating wireless networks around the world.
“The service will be free to users, secure, and fast. With OpenRoaming, you’ll never have to guess which Wi-Fi network to use, suffer through a pop-up captive portal, or use an insecure username and password again.
“You will be connected wherever you go so you can download, stream, video chat, and game to your heart’s desire.”
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