Google plans to bring casting to your Chromebook and car display

Casting Android content to car display
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What you need to know

  • During Google IO 2022, Google revealed it plans to let you cast content from your phone to your car's entertainment display. 
  • It will cast audio without displaying video that could disrupt drivers' attention.
  • Google will also let you cast your Android phone to a Chromebook for the first time.
  • Google announced a new list of casting partners in the audio and TV space, including Sennheiser, LG, Bose, Sony, JBL, Vizio, and TCL.

Amidst the flurry of Google I/O 2022 news arriving on Wednesday, Google dropped an intriguing Chromecast hint for people who spend a lot of time on the road. Google Senior Product Manager Liza Ma revealed that you'll be able to cast content from your Android phone to your car's entertainment display.

Separate from Android Auto, this new casting feature would let you send a video from your phone directly to your car's display. 

We don't know yet which cars will support the feature, or whether you'll actually be able to watch video on the display — which would be incredibly distracting for drivers. We assume it'll just play audio, or would possibly only work while parked. We'll reach out to Google for more details and update this post if they respond.

Ma also explained that you'll be able to cast videos from Android phones to Chromebooks, too. We recently spotted a similar feature in the Android 13 beta where you could broadcast a separate virtual display from your Pixel device to your laptop or desktop computer, but casting seems like a simpler and more universal solution.

With a more natural connection between your phone and the best Chromebooks, you'll be able to keep watching your favorite apps without having to find the content on both screens.

Google I/O casting improvements

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Lastly, Ma mentioned that Google is "working to extend casting capabilities to new partners and products," with a list of companies displayed behind her. The list includes Bang & Olufsen, Bose, JBL, LG, Philips, Sennheiser, Sony, TCL, Vizio — most of which sell a combination of TVs, soundbars, and speakers. In theory, all of the best Android phones will soon connect more easily with a wider range of devices.

Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.