Mirror Android to Chromecast on your Nexus 5

by: Robert TriggsMarch 6, 2014

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We’ve been patiently following Koushik Dutta’s work on Android mirroring, and his work with Chromecast, for a little while, and finally he’s given us all the opportunity to test the feature out for ourselves. But there’s a catch, you have to own a Nexus 5.

Koush has updated his Mirror Beta app on the Play Store to include both Chrome and Chromecast mirroring. However, the Chromecast mirroring feature is still in its very early stages and as such, it currently only works with a Nexus 5 handset, although this will hopefully change in the future. The reason being that the Nexus 5 is the only phone on the market that has a hardware vp8 encoder.

So far, the Mirror app lets you create a video recording of your Android device, mirror your Android screen to an Apple TV, and mirror your Android screen to Chromecast and Chrome (Nexus 5 only). To try the Mirror beta out for yourself you’ll need a rooted Android 4.4.2 phone, you can follow the rest of Koush’s instructions in the source link below.

At some point in the future root won’t be necessary, and Mirror will be wrapped up for a proper Play Store release, but we’re not sure exactly when that will be yet.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out some of Koush’s early work on mirroring in the video below, although you should note that is an example of Apple TV mirroring. According to Koush, Chromecast mirroring suffers from a bit more latency.

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  • Shark Bait

    So happy to have a nexus 5! rooting it right now!

    • MasterMuffin

      I rooted mine the first day I got it :D

      • Shark Bait

        Yeah i would normally. This is my first phone where i didn’t immediately need a custom rom. Guess i can check out the new paranoid android now!

        ….. just realized, i wiped my flappy birds score :'(

        • MasterMuffin

          you can get it back by editing it’s save file in /data/data/don’trememberthenameofthefolder/shared_prefs

  • cmbeid

    It is a promising start. The video is very blocky.

  • Shark Bait

    WOW, works so well! No lag, just resolution is a bit poor.
    Good job Kouch.

  • Jesus Is God

    Koushik Dutta’s is gay and I hate homosexual perverts so fuck him

    • Better Than You!

      What is wrong with you? Were you born in 1200’s and un-open-minded?

    • Gabriel Mornat

      It is right ?