We take Android screen mirroring for a spin with the latest update to Google’s Chromecast.
After many failed starts. Android screen mirroring is finally here! All you need is a Chromecast and a supported Android phone or tablet.
Stock Android or Google Play Edition users can enable screen mirroring by simply swipe down the notification shade and select the screen mirroring option from the quick settings. Those with non-stock devices, such as the HTC One, will need to use the updated Chromecast app for start screen mirroring.
I’ve been really pleased with how well Android to Chromecast screen mirroring works. The image is smooth, consistent, and connecting to the screen takes seconds. I’m tempted to say that I prefer Google’s implementation of wireless screen mirroring to Apple’s — it works that well.
The is a great boost to teachers wanting to use Android in schools, but there is one big issue with Chromecast — there’s still no way to password protect Chromecast. This means that anyone connected to the same WiFi network can stream content to your screen without permission. There are rumours, however, that a passcode feature is in the works, and once that is available, you’ll see Chromecasts popping up in schools everywhere!
Currently supported devices are:
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 7 (2013)
- Nexus 10
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play edition)
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- HTC One M7
- HTC One M7 (Google Play edition)
- LG G3
- LG G2
- LG G Pro 2
While the range is currently limited it is expected to expand very quickly.
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