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Chromecast update brings screen casting to most Android phones

Chromecast got its long-awaited guest mode earlier this week, but Google also quietly updated screen casting to work with a whole range of additional Android devices. Any device running Android 4.4.2 or higher, as well as the latest Google Play Services update and the latest Chromecast app, can now share its screen with a Chromecast or Nexus Player.

moto x screencasting

Screen casting is still in beta, and [company]Google[/company] lets users know if it is not optimized for the device of their choice (here’s the rather short list of devices that it is optimized for), so your mileage may vary based on your device. However, users on Reddit and Google+ are reporting successful casting with the Moto E, the Moto G, the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC Droid, the One Plus One and a range of other devices. I had no issues getting it to work on my 2014 Moto X, as well.

The performance of screen casting can depend on both your phone’s processor as well as your Wi-Fi network. That means that mirroring a video stream or even playing a fast-paced game on the big screen may not always be the best thing to do, but screen casting is still a great option if you just quickly want to display an app on TV that doesn’t have a native cast option yet.

7 Responses to “Chromecast update brings screen casting to most Android phones”

  1. GAvinKramer

    Great article Janko. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Chromecast by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

  2. Screen mirroring works great with my 2013 moto x and Chromecast! I can even play Modern Combat 4 online multiplayer mirrored on the TV! It actually works better than All share cast with my Samsung smart TV!

  3. They sell these chromecast devices without stating you need the higher tier os to work it as a mirroring device.It should be made large print on the box because it’s deceitful.I bought mine to utilize on a wikipad and voila the os is too low to work it now all i have is the same generic rubbish you have for any dlna device eg.youtube mirroring the run of the mill use any contemporary device that’s android tend to have as stock so the chromecast is technicaly nill or void of any features before kitkat os,if you don’t have the required kitkat osdo not buy the chromecast people.

  4. Hasn’t Wi-Fi Direct via Miracast been built into the Android OS since 2012?

    Why do we need inferior technology like Chromecast which only works in the very 2.4Ghz spectrum Wi-Fi space, requires a dongle, and requires App support to to work when we have Miracast or Wi-Fi Direct and it is built into everything already for the last few years except for Apple devices as Apple needs a Walled Garden around all its products.

  5. That new guest mode along with this screen casting might combine to be handy for presentations – where every out of town presenter doesn’t need to be given the wi-fi password to throw up a slide show in the conference room.

    • Alvaro Martinez Beltran

      That’s very true… And that bypasses some of the company’s firewalls that prevent devices on the same network to detect each other, now on any Wi-Fi, with the firewall protection or not, you can use your Chromecast!