It appears that tech giant Google has plans to extend screen casting capabilities in Chromecast to enable Android devices to be mirrored on television screens.
Last week the Android 4.4.1 was launched by Google to fix the camera in the Nexus 5. However, like all the previous updates from Google, the changes made to the source code that are submitted to the Android Open Source Projecting, often hint to things that the future holds for us.
A list of changes made from the Android 4.4 to Android 4.4.1 was released by the developers at Funky Android. This list hints at the mirroring of the Android devices via Google’s Chromecast.
Chromecast is Google’s $35 answer to Apple T.V. and can be plugged into the HDMI port of a HDTV. Theoretically the Chromecast should allow an Android device to share its display with a larger screen, however, currently it permits screen casting though a few supported applications only which include Chrome, Netflix, Hulu and a few others.
This reference to the upcoming feature was spotted by Koushik Dutta, co-founder of Cyanogen Inc. which makes custom Android firmware. He said that from the patches added to the 4.4.1, it is clear that Android mirroring would be soon added to the Chromecast.
However, Dutta added that this feature would be closed to third-party developers and would not support projects that aim to use this functionality on any other hardware apart from the Chromecast. Although Chromecast is available for purchase outside the US, but it is sold at usually higher prices.
Meanwhile, a group of Danish developers is trying to build an alternative to Chromecast but one of the obstacle that will surely hinder their work is getting the screen casting ability to their device, as third parties would be denied access to the Android APIs used in the functionality.