GOOGLE HAS RELEASED an updated version of its Chromecast app for Android that enables mirroring of a smartphone or tablet screen.
Google said in a blog post, "Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house.
"Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device—only bigger."
The often requested feature was previewed at this year's Google I/O conference, where it was met with enthusiasm from delegates that had made it one of the most requested features.
Chromecast product manager and cast master Ambarish Kenghe said that initially, at least, the update will be restricted to devices from major manufacturers including Samsung, HTC and LG on a staggered rollout basis, so if your device doesn't show the update yet, it might do in the coming weeks.
Mirroring can be accessed through the slideout menu of the Chromecast app or, for Nexus users, through a new option in the quick settings menu of the notifications bar.
Screen mirroring brings Chromecast into line with its rivals and responds to one of the biggest criticisms of the stick. Various brands and ROMs already incorporate mirroring solutions from the firms like Miracast, and the functionality is already included in Apple Airplay.
Desktop users have been able to screencast from Chrome from day one, but mirroring from mobile devices will extend the functionality of Chromecast exponentially, despite the fact that a recent report showed that no other major broadcasters in the UK plan to create dedicated applications for the app.
Chromecast with its £35 price point has become a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, with an active developer community creating hundreds of additional apps and use cases. µ