Chromecast app updated with screen mirroring feature

Chromecast app updated with screen mirroring feature
During the Google I/O keynote, we heard about a bunch of cool stuff, like Android L, Android Wear, Android Auto, Android TV, and improvements to Chromecast. The big feature that was announced for Chromecast was screen mirroring with your Android device, and that feature is finally arriving in the newest update.

This is a pretty awesome feature, which will allow you to cast anything that is on your Android device's screen. Google demoed it on stage by showing off Google Earth as well as a live stream from a smartphone camera to a TV. From the Chromecast app, you can start screen mirroring from the navigation tray, and on Nexus devices, the option will be in the Quick Settings menu. The only downside right now is in the compatibility. As was said during the keynote, only a select group of devices are compatible at first, including the Nexus lineup, Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, and Note 3, LG G Pro 2, G2, and G3, and the HTC One (M7). 

More devices are said to be added soon, but it is still unclear what is required to make this work, so it's hard to say what devices will be supported. We will keep an eye out for more updates on this. The new version with the screen mirroring is 1.7.


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13 Comments

1. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

I have the gs4 and there's no update. The newest is v1.5.5

8. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That's the mirror I just downloaded from xda. All the apks are out there for all the updated apps Google released today https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxnEA1OTspCUZ2x1TTA4Nk5pV28/preview

2. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

What about iPhones

4. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Out of luck

9. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

So glad I stuck with Android and swapped my Apple 5s for a Note 3. This feature is awesome! It literally works with anything on the display. Even games work. Hell, the camera app works. Can't wait until Google (or the community) allows this to be used on cell networks. Imagine being at a party recording video and beaming it to other chromecast miles aways. Or make that multiple chromecast at the same time. It's like facetime but 100 times better.

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

what is the latest software version? my nexus 7 still v1.5.5

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

New version is 1.7. As always, Google is rolling it out, so you may not get it for a few days.

10. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

You can download the apk from Android police or XDA.

5. knights4life03

Posts: 131; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Any nexus device should've already received the feature but you have to turn on cast screen(wireless display) in settings. Once that's done pull down the notifications bar and hit cast screen boom. BTW im using it right now lol

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Great stuff. Don't forget PA, win8.1 does this as well ;) I look forward to this on my note 3, might get more use finally.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7176; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Wp8.1 does not support the Chromecast. Also what you are talking about is miracast. Which needs specific hardware in order to support it. Android also supports miracast as well. But miracast only mirrors your screen and audio. The Chromecast goes beyond that so if you use Netflix for instance, then the casting device becomes a controller. In fact the controlling device could even be turned off and the Netflix movie will still play. Miracast can't do that.

11. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

i hope the new update and mirroring feature dont require wifi router

12. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Haven't tried it in a while but does anyone know if web browser mirroring from a laptop has been cleaned up to be smoother? Last time I tried it, it was a bit choppy, but that was months ago.

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