When Samsung finally announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, there was plenty to write about. Very high end processor, originally a choice of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or a Samsung Exynos, 3 GB of memory, a 5.7-inch, QHD (super high resolution 2,560 by 1,440 pixel) display, a 3,220 mAh battery and an optically stabilized 16 MP rear camera. On the software side, Samsung had given the Note 4 some new features and of course it still used the S Pen. Now that the device has been released, we’ve found those strange little follibles with the device: the features that either don’t work as planned or sometimes simply don’t work. One of these was that the Note 4 was unable to mirror the screen to a Google Chromecast. Other Chrome Cast compatible applications worked fine on the device, but that the screen wouldn’t work was frustrating for many people. Now, after a month, this issue has been resolved and the Galaxy Note 4 has been added to Google’s list of devices that officially support screen casting.
Casting the Android screen means taking what’s on your device screen and pushing it to a Chromecast that’s plugged into a television, something called “mirroring.” It’s a service that’s still in beta from Google, requiring Android 4.4.2 or higher and is only officially supported on a number of devices. It’s a great way to help show people how to use the device, how to show off features, pictures, games, videos – anything you want! On the Note 4, in order to start the service you’ll have to manually set it up using the Chromecast application. Pull out the navigation drawer, hit up “Cast Screen” and the “Cast Screen” button. Users around the world are reporting that sometimes this button is missing but a device reboot solves the issue.
There are over twenty devices that now support screen casting, including most Nexus devices from the Nexus 10 and later, several Galaxy flagship devices from the S4 and later, the HTC One M7 (but not the HTC One M8), the LG G2, G Pro 2 and G3, the Sony Z2 and Z3 range. Unusually, none of the Moto devices are supported, so as at now if you have the Moto G or Moto X from 2013 or 2014, you’re out of luck. However, we know that Google are adding more devices all of the time so hopefully these devices are in the “coming soon” bracket.