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Chromecasts will soon be able to mirror your Android phone

Chromecasts will soon be able to mirror your Android phone


Casting from anywhere coming later this year

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Google is adding Android mirroring support to Chromecast. While Chromecast, as the name suggests, has been limited to Chrome tab streaming, that’s being extended to a number of Android handsets soon. HTC’s One M7 is supported, alongside LG’s G2 and G2 Pro, and Google’s Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), and Nexus 10 devices. On the Samsung side the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S5 will all support Android screen mirroring to Chromecast. More devices will be supported soon, but the Moto X is one prominent device missing on the list for now.

Google’s $35 Chromecast streaming device is also getting an upgrade later this year to allow anyone to stream content to a connected TV. Chromecast currently supports casting from Android, iOS, and Windows, but you must be on the same Wi-Fi network to stream content. That’s changing soon, with an opt-in feature that lets Chromecast automatically detect and authenticate nearby Android users that are using cellular data. If the automatic detection fails or you’re not nearby then a PIN will act as a way to authenticate with a Chromecast. It’s clearly designed to make it easier for friends to stream content from their Android devices to any Chromecasts nearby.

Correction: the mirroring feature will be rolling out over the coming weeks. It will not be immediately available.