Google flips on Android mirroring for Chromecast
After promising Android screen mirroring for Chromecast last month at Google I/O, Google has enabled the feature for select phones and tablets.
For now, the feature is available for the following Android devices:
- 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 says it will support more devices soon.
To begin screen mirroring, open the Chromecast app and tap the navigation drawer button in the top-left corner. Select “Cast screen” in the navigation drawer and then hit the “Cast screen” on the page that appears. Nexus users can also start casting from the Quick Settings menu.
Users can stop casting by going back to pulling down the notification drawer and pressing the “disconnect” button, or disconnecting through the Chromecast app.
The most obvious use for screen mirroring would be to quickly show off some photos without having everyone huddle around a tiny screen. It could also be useful for gawking at Google Earth, presenting PowerPoint slides, or having a group communally choose a Netflix or the Google Play Store video to watch.
Google announced Android screen mirroring at its I/O conference last month. Chromecast will also soon allow for ultrasonic pairing to a phone or tablet, letting users cast media to the $35 TV dongle without being on the same Wi-Fi network.
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