It would seem that Google has finally brought official screen mirroring to Chromecast, which makes it a device even more like Apple TV. Chromecast users have been asking for this feature ever since the USB streaming device was released, so it’s good to see Google responded.
The Chromecast 1.7 app was released today and only supports a limited number of devcies, such as only the latest handsets from HTC, LG and Samsung. This now means users will be able to send almost anything from their smartphone across to the TV that the dongle is plugged in to.
Apple TV and iPhone and iPad owners have enjoyed this feature for a while now, allowing them to mirror content from YouTube, movies, images and even games.
Nexus owners have an added benefit, as they do not need the use of the app in order to mirror to Chromecast, all you need to do is go to Android’s quick settings.
According to Google, they will offer third-party app support for mirroring in the not too distant future. It’s worth noting that this feature is currently in beta, so we do know it will offer improved support down the line.
We have to wonder why Google are unable to make this app run on more devices? Other new features include support for other 50 languages, improved Samsung device support and various bug fixes.