Google Chromecast To Get Screen Mirroring Feature With Android 4.4.1 Update Soon

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Google’s Android 4.4.1 (KitKat) was detailed last week, and among the many items in the changelog is something that indicates that Chromecast will soon offer screen mirroring. This would bring the same sort of function to the tiny streaming stick that products such as AirPlay, AllShare, Xbox SmartGlass, and the like offer.

Cynaogen Inc.’s Koushik Dutta called out the key bits of code from the changelog in a Google+ post.

Google Chromecast Android KitKat screen mirroring

Dutta also noted that the screen mirroring is only available to Google and OEMs, which is somewhat limiting because third-party developers may not be able to work with it. For now, it seems that it’s a Chromecast-only feature, which is a shame because Android is supposed to be all about openness.

The new API follows Google’s rebranding of Google TV as “Nexus TV” amid rumors of a massive relaunch of the search giant’s web-based TV-related services next year.
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SeanBlack replied on Mon, Dec 9 2013 11:39 AM

Nothing like a cool feature with a 3rd party lockout. Thanks for openness Google.

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Get the 3rd party on board

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SmogHog replied on Mon, Dec 9 2013 9:27 PM

Kit Kat 4.4.1 is already old news and has been updated with 4.4.2

Manual updates available for all Google Nexus devices.

Nexus 4

Nexus 5

2012 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi

2012 Nexus 7 3G

2013 Nexus 7 Wi-Fi

2013 Nexus 7 LTE

Nexus 10

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/12/09/android-4-4-2-kot49h-is-already-rolling-out-to-nexus-devices-here-are-the-ota-zip-links-for-manual-updating/

 

****just updated my Nexus 5 to 4.4.2

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This would be really nice. Need to get ChromeCast to work with a lot more third party apps though.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Dec 10 2013 4:50 PM

If you want to mirror the screen from your Windows PC on your TV via Chromecast You can install the remote desktop app in your Google Chrome browser and turn on remote desktop on your PC then remote into localhost via the Chrome remote desktop app and login as yourself. It might be laggy but should get the job done.

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