When Google took to announce the latest in the line of the Nexus devices earlier this month, they also announced that Android 4.2 would be on its way soon as well. While the latest version of Jelly Bean, 4.2, was pegged as a “Maintenance Release” there was also a whole lot of added features to the OS. Of which one of them, was Miracast, support for the standard was announced as being part of Android 4.2. Leading us to believe that any device running 4.2 or capable of running 4.2 would be able to use Miracast as well.
It works with the Nexus 4 and if you don’t have a TV set or a display that supports the technology you can buy an adapter from all over the web, with little cost. However, there’s also been discussions surrounding the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 as well as where they sit on the feature list of Android 4.2. Specifically, whether or not the two tablets support Miracast display mirroring. There’s been a healthy debate over at Google’s support forum and finally, a Googler decided to step in to let everyone know the following:
Just wanted to confirm that Nexus 4 is currently our only Nexus device that works with Miracast wireless display on Android 4.2. There was a reference to wireless display on our Help site for Nexus 10, but we’ve since removed that reference. Our apologies for any confusion that may have caused.
I’m intrigued as to why these two tablets don’t support the standard and whether or not this is something to do with the Nexus 4 specifically or more to do with licensing of the standard. Or, perhaps even LG has something to do with it all? After all, I don’t see Google holding back on a key feature of their latest software release. After all, Google is always looking to push the envelope when it comes to the Nexus range. There is something else here though, perhaps Google haven’t sorted out mirroring on anything other than Phones and phone apps, perhaps this will leave tablets in the dark for some time, who knows. Does the lack of Miracast make the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 any less attractive to you out there?