You can now Chromecast TikTok videos to your TV

    In the last few years, Google has used CES to show off new ways for Android, Chrome and all manner of non-Apple products to play nice with each other. At CES 2024 in Las Vegas, the company is also bringing updates to Chromecast, Fast Pair and Nearby Share, alongside some new features for cars. If you’ve always wanted to cast TikTok to your TV, because you’re one of the handful of people from the TV generation that uses the app, you can now do that on Chromecast-enabled screens. Soon, though Google doesn’t specify when, you’ll also be able to cast livestreams from TikTok.

    In line with the theme of greater inter-device performance, this year Google is rolling out the ability to move what’s playing on Spotify and YouTube Music from compatible Pixel phones to docked Pixel Tablets when within range. That’s reminiscent of an Apple feature between Homepods and iPhones.

    More devices with Chromecast built-in will also be launching this year, including the 2024 LG TV series. Later this year, LG Hospitality and Healthcare will also be getting Chromecast support so you can cast to TVs in, say, your hotel room without having to log into your own Google accounts. The company is also expanding Fast Pair support to Chromecasts with Google TV, which will make it easier to connect headphones to TV dongles. Google added that Fast Pair is coming to more Google TV devices later this year.

    One of the best features on Apple devices is AirDrop, which allows different iPhones to easily transfer photos, files and contact information in person. Google’s (attempt at an) answer to that since 2020 has been Nearby Share, though proximity-based versions of a file sharing tool on Android have existed for much longer. Samsung also introduced its Quick Share system in 2020, offering a very similar experience to Google’s.

    In a move that should make things less confusing and more unified on the Android ecosystem, Google announced it’s “collaborating with Samsung” to bring “the best of our sharing solutions together into a singular cross-Android solution under the Quick Share name.” In a press release, Google said it’s “integrated the experiences and created the best default, built-in option for peer-to-peer content sharing across all types of devices in the Android and Chromebook ecosystems.”

    Google also said it’s working with LG and other “leading PC manufacturers” to make Quick Share a pre-installed app on most Windows PCs. When Quick Share rolls out to current Nearby Share-enabled devices next month, you should see a new icon. Tapping it will show a list of devices available around you, and allow you to select who to send your media to. Like you can with Apple devices, you can go into your Android’s settings to choose if you can be seen by everyone, contacts only or just your own devices.

    It’s worth noting that with last year’s release of iOS 17, Apple upgraded AirPlay to make it possible to share files simply by putting the heads of two phones together.

    In addition to everything covered in this post, Google is also updating Android Auto and making more devices act as hubs for the Matter smart home standard to enable better uptake and integration. We have separate articles on each of those topics, so check them out for all the finer details.

    We’re reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 6-12. Keep up with all the latest news from the show here.

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