Samsung's Galaxy S II Features MHL Port: Recognizes USB And HDMI
This is partly good news, and partly bad. One one hand, having a port that can be used as a USB or HDMI port is a real plus. But on the other, it's yet another fragment in a world of connectors that is already fragmented heavily. The MHL jack is shaped like a micro-USB port, but it has internal circuitry that can recognize HDMI and/or USB. There's a special 5-wire connector cable that would allow HDMI sockets to take advantage of the port. It's not quite as complicated as it sounds, but there's a video below that explains more regardless. Since MHL has already found a home on the Galaxy S II, we're certain that the protocol is complete, and we're hoping that it's only a matter of time before more and more phone companies decide to include this on their own devices.