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I have already Googled a bit, but I haven't found a list specifying the supported devices.

Is it possible to use Wi-Fi Direct on Samsung Galaxy Mini (GT-S5570B with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread)? Is there a hardware limitation?

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Questions about how to develop/write apps are expressly off topic on this site (see our FAQ for more). However, a question simply asking whether or not the Mini supports this seems fine, and I have rephrased your question as such. – eldarerathis Sep 30 '12 at 15:20

WiFi Direct can be used on all Android devices. Android 4.0 and higher comes with this feature pre-installed.

If your device runs an older version of Android, you can find many apps in the Google Playstore to enable direct file sharing service over WiFi. Go for SuperBeam, Fast File Transfer, WiFi File Transfer, etc.

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Hotspot is not WiFi Direct. While the latter clearly is a 1:1 connection, Hotspot is 1:n, as multiple WiFi-enabled devices can connect to the Hotspot simultaneously. – Izzy Jan 31 '14 at 19:16
@Izzy actually WiFi direct supports more than 1:1. But it is uncommon. After 5-6 nodes it becomes impractical as they all have to be in range of the "AP" device. But you are right that hotspot is not the same. – jiggunjer Apr 19 at 6:07

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