"Cast Screen" button appearing in Android Quick Settings for some users

With Sundar Pichai as the head of both Chrome and Android at Google, we have been expecting there to be plenty of cross-pollination between the two products, and the biggest meeting point appears to be Chromecast. Google's dongle has been slowly making its way into more and more apps, and now it seems like it is finding its way into Android's Quick Settings menu as well.

Various users who have either Nexus devices or one of the newer Motorola handsets which are running Android 4.4 have been reporting that a new "Cast Screen" button has appeared in the Quick Settings menu when certain Chromecast enabled apps are run. Unfortunately, the feature seems to be far from complete, so no one is quite sure what to make of it. 

Obviously, it sounds like you'll eventually be able to mirror your Android display on your TV through Chromecast, but no one has gotten it working yet. We also hope that it could be a universal casting trigger, so rather than having to cast content from each app individually, this option could automatically turn on casting whenever you enter a compatible app. That could be pretty cool. 

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11 Comments

1. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Our TVs are smart enough not to require the Chromecast

4. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

??????

7. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Most TVs nowadays are smart TVs yes, but the benefit here is being able to kirror absolutely everything on you phone to tv. Apple has been doing this for a while already and it's awesome. Glad it's coming to android. As long as they make it smooth and quick android fans should love it.

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I find HDMI cables much easier to use. No need to set up using an app or anything. Just plug in and you're good to go. Someone should bring it back

2. irbaaz

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Chromecast should work like use phone as touch-pad with black screen and display on TV.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

If it were a black screen, how would you know where to tap unless there was a cursor?

3. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Yh have had this for a while now have never got to actually work though from the quick settings menu. But appears in apps like chrome beta, and all the usual chrome cast apps!

5. silver91342 unregistered

Yep, I have been seeing this since 4.4.2 got installed on my N5.

11. cj100570

Posts: 204; Member since: May 12, 2009

You have completely missed the point of this post. This post is about a Cast Screen option in quick setting and not about the casting option within apps that use Chromecast. The option this post is talking about doesn't work yet.

6. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

my nexus has it

10. Nexus_bear

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

My nexus has it buried in the standard settings and yet when I go to it it states "no nearby devices found." Even though I have a Sonos, Chromecast, and a PS3 media server app... Nothing.

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