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.
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.