Chromecast finally gets Android screen mirroring

July 9, 2014
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Google has finally pushed out a much needed but also much delayed functionality to Chromecast. Now Android users will be able to mirror the full contents of their phone or tablet screen to the streaming HDMI dongle, making it easier to show off the types of content not directly supported by Google's Cast feature.

While it is already possible to share videos and music to a whole crowd via a big screen, some things are just not yet "cast-ready" but are too good not to share. So if you want to let everyone see that hilarious tweet, or show that exotic island resort for the next family vacation, or even simply share some photos, you can now do so from the comfort of your couch. All you need to do is go to the navigation panel of the Chromecast app and select "Cast screen".

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There will most likely be limits to what you can stream over to Chromecast, but Google isn't saying exactly which yet. Gaming comes to mind and, considering the relatively slowness of the WebRTC protocol that might be employed here, it will not likely be a pleasant experience anyway. Plus, the functionality is still marked as Beta, so users are bound to bump into some rough edges for now.

Screen mirroring via Chromecast is also limited to a number of devices, the full roster listed below:

• Nexus 4
• Nexus 5
• Nexus 7 (2013)
• Nexus 10
• Samsung Galaxy S4
• Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play Edition)
• Samsung Galaxy S5
• Samsung Galaxy Note 3
• Samsung Galaxy Note 10
• HTC One M7
• HTC One M7 (Google Play Edition)
• LG G3
• LG G2
• LG G Pro 2

Google promises that more will be coming soon. iOS users are currently out of luck as well as the feature not yet available for them. The Chromecast app update should be rolling out to users, but, as always, staggered rollouts mean not everyone will get them at the same time.

Download: Chromecast app on Google Play Store
SOURCE: Google (1) (2)


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  • Doug Ford

    m7 but no m8……wonderful. Yet already supports the G3.

  • Shiraz

    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – supported. :)

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  • feezybeezy

    works on my nexus 5, but sound did not work

    • renGek

      Mine also had sound problem initially. Just go into your chromecast app and reboot your chromecast.

  • jimmy astorino

    Why isn’t the Nexus 7 (2012) supported? The (2013) version is. That just doesn’t make any sense.