After teasing the feature on his Google+ account a few days ago, well-known CyanogenMod developer Koushik “Koush” Dutta has posted two short videos that demo how Android mirroring on a TV hooked to a Chromecast device works. The first short one-minute video shows Koush playing a game of Flappy Bird on the big screen TV, though some lag can be seen. In a second video, Koush shows Chromecast mirroring Spotify audio from Android.
The Android mirroring feature has not yet been released for AllCast, Koush’s app that can be used to stream local content on various media devices connected to a big-screen TV, including Google’s Chromecast.
While developers can include such features in their apps now that the official Chromecast SDK has been officially released, it’s not clear when Google’s own Android mirroring solution will come to the Chromecast. The company appears to be working on such a software feature for the dongle, according to Koush’s findings.
“Did some poking around to see how far along Google is with their Chromecast mirroring solution. There’s plenty of evidence that there’s some (possibly half-baked) solution in the Play Services APK, and it is not totally disabled,” Koush wrote on Google+. “This is why people are seeing their ‘Cast’ quick-setting tile sometimes light up.”
Koush also cryptically added that “if Chromecast exposed access to the full array of the chrome platform APIs, some incredible things could be built,” without exploring on the matter.
AllCast is available as a free download in the Google Play Store, requiring 4.7MB of storage and Android 4.0 or later to run. The app has an average of 3.8 stars out of 5, from over 10,000 reviews.
The following videos show AllCast’s Android mirroring on Chromecast feature.