Report: New Play Services Broke Casting Via Android Hotspot

The Google Play Services version 11.0.55 may have broken Chromecast casting via an Android Wi-Fi hotspot, according to a number of reports from Android users who are unable to get this functionality to work following the latest update to Google's proprietary set of background services and application programming interfaces (APIs). Some consumers recently took to Google's Product Forums to report the bug that hinders their ability to cast content over hotspots hosted by Android devices but the Mountain View, California-based tech giant has yet to acknowledge the issue in any official capacity.

Some industry insiders are speculating that the Alphabet-owned company may never resolve the problem as the new update to Google Play Services technically didn't break any officially supported feature. Using an Android Wi-Fi hotspot to cast content with Chromecast is not a functionality that was ever advertised by Google and was essentially more of a workaround than a full-fledged feature of its product portfolio. Regardless, the functionality has worked without major issues for years, even if it was never officially supported by the company, and many users who relied on Android-powered tethered networks to cast content with Chromecast are now left without this convenient option.

Users without an access to a regular Wi-Fi router are currently left without an alternative, provided that they're adamant to run the latest build of Google Play Services. Everyone else can opt to sideload some of the pre-11.0.55 builds of the software onto their device and continue casting video content with Chromecast like they did before. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of Google Play Services, that likely isn't a long-term solution, as users who decide to consciously stay behind software versions may soon find that they're missing some key features and functionalities of the Android operating system and its software. As things stand right now, Google is the only one that can resolve this issue going forward, though it remains to be seen whether the company opts to do so in the near future. Likewise, the firm has yet to clarify whether the now-broken feature was deliberately disabled or if the recent Google Play Services update rendered it useless by accident.

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