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Koush Updates Mirror Beta App With Android Mirroring to Chromecast, Only Rooted Nexus 5 Supported

It seems like Chromecast is finally getting kicked off in terms of development, with developers using the SDK left and right to update their apps to support the HDMI dongle. What we’ve all been waiting for, though, is native Android mirroring to Chromecast similar to Apple’s AirPlay feature for iOS. It looks like we’re now one step closer, with famed developer Koushik Dutta having updated his Mirror app to support the streaming stick in a very beta way.

To use the new mirroring feature, you have to meet a very specific set of requirements. You must have the app installed on a rooted Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.2, as that’s the only device that the app works with due to the Nexus 5’s hardware VP8 encoder. Even then, streaming to Chromecast isn’t anywhere as smooth as it is to the Apple TV, which is demonstrated in the video below — currently, lag and latency are issues being ironed out by Koush.

The developer hopes to have a formal release of the Mirror app onto the Play Store at some point soon for as many non-rooted devices as possible, but at the moment you have to jump through some hoops and have root to take advantage of the app.

Mirror can be installed when you use the links below to join the ClockworkMod beta community, sign up for the beta, and then find the app on Google Play. If you have a Nexus 5 meeting the requirements and a Chromecast, give this app a spin and let us know how it works out for you.

Play Link | Google+ Community | Beta Link

Via: +Koushik Dutta
  • Zibi

    Hi would it work on tegra note ? It has vp8 decoder

  • raj

    good one…. You can get other latest news and tips for android on androidcube.com

  • Nick

    I bought Allcast to be able to mirror my screens from my chromecast but I guess I wasted my money on it….I hope that IF I get Mirror, the S3 will be supported later.

  • Eric Palmero

    Haven’t been able to sign up for the beta OR download the app, something up?

  • Dave

    I love doing this on my Note 2 with the smart bluray player, but it SUCKS the battery big time.

  • Droid Ronin

    I just tried Solid Explorer with the Chromecast plug-in last night to cast a video clip. Worked like a charm.


    None of the links work.

    • TTTYL

      Never mind. Didn’t realize you had to join the community to download it from the play store. What ever happened to the good old days of side loading from xda?

  • EvanTheGamer

    As I was reading the title, I went from “YEAH!” to “Ahhhhhhhh damnit!” in a split second, after I read that Koush’s Mirror App Beta only works with a Rooted Nexus 5. Darn!

    Hopefully he’ll update the app with mirror capabilities to work with all phones, especially my Galaxy Note 3(Non-Rooted).

    • hoosiercub88

      He said he has plans to support more devices and allow it to work without root access.

      • EvanTheGamer

        To be honest, I didn’t read the entire post before commenting. I will from now on though. lol

        Thanks for the that man.

      • Cory_S

        Well, he said that in relation to working with an Apple TV. Chromecast is just too weaksauce to ever get this smooth.

  • Dude

    so whats the difference between this and his AllCast app?

    • hoosiercub88

      Allcast will cast files.. Movies, pictures, etc..

      This is for casting/sharing your screen.

    • r0l

      Well he can’t charge for two apps if you gives you both similar features in one app now can he?

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    He’s showing a demo of the mirroring solution using angry birds?

  • Taylor Earl

    Just got it, seems decently responsive, but the image quality isn’t very good. Still though, this is a step in the right direction for Chromecast and android!

  • Beavis

    Dude still needs to make his other features usable. Everything is half baked at this point.

    • r0l

      Don’t get me wrong he does great stuff for Android, but his ego requires him to posts stuff the moment he can (even if really an alpha) to get his +1s rolling in to feed said ego.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        And he loves loves loves him some drama! That being said, I bought Allcast.

      • jdhas

        100% agree with this.

  • JSo

    I can’t wait to try this out when I get home from work.

  • The Narrator
    • rals

      Are all these gif’s you post all the time meant to be funny?

      • James Monday

        ^This. Either contribute something meaningful and original, or gtfo.

      • The Narrator

        But how will I get attention then?

  • Jason Kahn

    Grammar please proof your stuff, “Even then, streaming to Chromecast isn’t nowhere as smooth as to the Apple TV, which is demonstrated in the video below — currently, lag and latency are issues being ironed out by Koush.”

    • The Narrator

      Oh boo hoo. No wonder why English majors are useless, the internet is the only job for them.

      • Jeralmac

        I actually agree with Jason. With the number of readers DL has obtained over the years, they are considered one of the top Android enthusiast sites. Grammar issues just make them look bad overall. Not everyone cares about grammar mistakes but for those that do, it just cheapens the site overall.

    • ᕙ(⇀‸↼‶)ᕗ

      Oh gosh not a grammar nazi…

    • Geez, I’m sure the lack of the word “anywhere” was making you cry inside. Either way, fixed.

      • Jason Kahn

        Even “anywhere” is just wrong the whole sentence is just wrong.

        • Chromecast is a platform, so “the” isn’t necessary. It looks fine to me in its current state

  • Justin Bontrager

    This is what I want: 4.4.3 update with built in screen mirroring for Chromecast.

    • BK

      Yep, exactly. Kudos to Koush, but this absolutely should be built in.

      • raghu

        great one koush…www.androidcube.com