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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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    This will be very nice once it’s standard!

  • aranea

    This is very cool! I’m looking forward to the time the dongles will be available. I won’t need to turn my ps3 on to share things over wireless to my tv.

  • jamal adam

    So many cool features. I’m lovin it.

  • ChrisLH

    Yep, this is pretty badass. I would imagine the big TV manufacturers that also produce Android devices will incorporate this, so adoption could be relatively quick. I know that LG has stated that all 2013 TVs will include Miracast.

  • h0ruza

    Fantastic! I’m thinking what kickass feature will be spotlighted next.

    This is how Monday were meant to be.

  • Ido

    Forget about Miracast for the TV, I want Miracast in a car multimedia center.
    Just sync your device to a 7″ touch screen in your car, and see GPS navigation, music and other stuff on a big screen. plus, every family member who uses the car has the multimedia center already customized to his/her taste.

  • Dr.Carpy

    Miracast, coming to reunite families across the globe! How many times does my son want to watch Backyardigans or some kiddie show when the Knicks play! Miracast can get to me soon enough!

    • Dr.Carpy

      Can’t….Sorry ;<)

  • Cwalden21

    So you can actually stream a different channel from your tv to your tablet? I didn’t know it is 2 way streaming i thought it only went from tablet or phone to tv? correct me if i’m wrong?

    • Miracast SB

      At the moment only Miracast source can mirror/clone the display to the Miracast sink display screen. Only 1 way.

  • Nathan D.

    I would so love to try this out

  • Phil

    The beauty of open is that we’ll see $30 dongles from China very soon.

  • birdman

    So will it work on nexus 7?

  • Eludium-Q36

    “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.”

    Hmm, I’m a little “value” oriented. A Chinese slave-factory dongle that basically acts like a wifi-adapter should be no more than $25 retail. Double or triple that is just i-style gouging.

  • wait1min

    streaming the same content, especially with video, Miracast may consume much more battery power than DLNA, i guess.

    Please correct me if i am wrong

  • Eric

    I have a Samsung Allshare Cast wireless hub (for my Note 2). It works great with the Note 2, but only pairs with the Nexus 4. No video displays (or audio) when paired with the Nexus 4.

    I read on XDA that the Nexus 4 needs a firmware update for it to work. Any truth to this? It seems the Samsung dock has Miracast certification (supports the standard) but doesn’t quite work with the Nexus 4 outside of simple pairing.

  • Scotsman

    Nexus 4 connects with the Samsung dongle but indeed doesn’t display anything. Shame. Works fine with the gf’s SG3…

  • nitin kumar

    on…..I have samsung galaxy s3 …and sony smart led which have screen mirroring via miracast ..so I want to know that how I connnet my s3 to sony led …..plz rply.

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