Cynaogen’s Koushik Dutta has spotted code within the latest Android 4.4.1 KitKat patch update source files that indicate Google is preparing to start rolling out support for Google Chromecast screen mirroring.
As you already might know Google Chromecast can stream media through your network and from your laptop, desktop, smartphone and tablet devices as well as YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and tons of Google Play content.
In a Google+ post Koushik Dutta explained: “From the patches I see in 4.4.1, they’ll be adding Android mirroring to Chromecast very soon. Unfortunately that API is not available to anyone but Google and the OEM. Similar solutions to different hardware can’t be built (Apple TV, etc).”
To re-cap Google’s Chromecast supports Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows and plugs into any HDTV equipped with a HDMI port. Google explains:
“Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from Google Play, YouTube, Netflix, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.”