Android 4.2 Fails With Miracast

by Stephen Fluin 2012.12.20

One of the high profile announcements by Google in 2012 was the adoption of the wifi standard for screen sharing and remote display called Miracast. This standard equates to a virtual HDMI cable that allows you to stream screen images or content from your phone or tablet to your TV, and vice versa. Google claimed that this innovation is a part of Android 4.2.

To date, Google has failed to make any meaningful use of Miracast across the Android ecosystem. As of December 2012, only the Nexus 4 has Miracast working, and even devices such as the Nexus 7 or 10 running the latest version of Android 4.2 have no Miracast support.

What is the purpose of a standard if there is only a single device on the market that supports it? What's the point of claiming Miracast as a platform feature when 2/3rds of your own product lineup don't support it, and none of the manufacturers in the ecosystem do?