Chromecast is a media streaming device that sits at the back of a TV, being plugged into the HDMI and casting content (entertainment and applications) from an Android smartphone/tablet, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Chromebook or Windows laptop. You will be able to mirror even a website form your laptop or your phone’s screen.
The Chromecast can be easily mistaken for a memory stick, because it has a similar design, only that it has a bulge at its base, where it hides most of its electronic components. It measures 72x35x12 mm, it weights 34grams and it’s powered by connecting the micro-USB port to a USB port or any other external power supply. Internally, it has a Marvell DE3005-A1 chipset, 512MB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage. The maximum video output is 1080p and it connects via HDMI – using CEC, or via Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz). When it was launched in July 2013, it supported four applications: YouTube and Netflix (Android, iOS, and Chrome) as web apps, and Google Play Music and Google Play Movies and TV as Android applications.
Now, there are plenty supported applications, but if you want to cast your Android phone or tablet display, below we’ll teach you how to do that.
When pulling down the notification drawer from the top of the screen, you will notice the Cast screen button on which you will tap and that’s all you need to do. In case you have more devices and you’ve set all of them to cast content through Chromecast, you will need to choose one of them for your streamer to connect to. So, whatever you will do on your phone’s screen, will appear on your TV’s screen and you will be able even to rotate the phone to change the orientation. To stop casting from your Android Lollipop device tap on the same Cast screen button, then on the cross next to the Chromecast.
First of all, you must run the latest version of Android KitKat (4.4.4) and get the latest Chromecast app. So, from the Chromecast app tap on the Cast screen button and choose a device. If you’re experiencing bugs, remember that this is a beta feature which will be improved on the way.