Display Mirroring and other New Features coming to the Google Chromecast
Google has announced two new and impressive features for their Chromecast media dongle. The first, and perhaps least exciting one will allow users to cast content to their television without needing to be on the same WiFi network. Currently, your Chromecast needs to be on the same WiFi network as you smartphone, tablet or PC to receive commands, in the future, all of that will be handled with the cloud. The result will be the same functionality we currently have with Chromecast even if both devices aren’t on the same network.
The other new feature is something I’ve wanted included with the Chromecast for awhile now. Display mirroring. Much like Miracast, display mirroring on the Google Chromecast will allow whatever is displayed on your Android phone or tablet to appear on the TV wirelessly. That should mean that Chromecast users won’t need to wait for developers to add Chromecast support to their apps. Simply launch the app, and blast it right to your TV. The feature is said to work so well that it can even mirror whatever your device’s camera is capturing in real-time.
We aren’t sure when the Chromecast will lose the same WiFi network requirement, but display mirroring is expected to begin rolling out over the next couple of weeks. It will first make its way to users as a beta included with Google Play Services and will be available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, LG G2, LG G2 Pro, HTC One M7, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Samsung Galaxy Note3.
Google’s $35 Chromecast just keeps on getting better.