Oct 29 AT 11:55 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Android 4.2 adds official support for Miracast wireless display


Today Google announced their new Nexus family and the first details of Android 4.2. One of the most exciting features that had been rumored for the next version of Android was Miracast wireless display, and we have just learned that Google added support in Android 4.2. This new feature allows you to share your display with any other display that also supports Miracast.

Google notes you can watch movies, YouTube videos, and play games right on your HDTV wirelessly. Their Google TV devices do not yet support Miracast, but we expect it will be included with the new Google TV v3 that was leaked earlier this month. We already know that the Samsung Galaxy S III and LG Optimus G has gained Miracast certification, but we have yet to see how it will be implemented.

Current HDTVs and other displays will be able to directly connect to Miracast devices with the addition of small dongle that plugs into a HDMI port. We expect most of these dongles will retail for $80-100, but prices should dip to as low as $50 once the Miracast standard gains popularity. Hopefully, Google will offer some kind of Miracast dongle in the Play Store.

For a better idea of what to expect, check out the Miracast demo below from the WiFi Alliance.

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