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Chromecast gets hospitable with a new guest mode

As part of the latest release, Android users can now share their Chromecast with friends, without divulging any Wi-Fi passwords.

Guest Mode lets Android users access your Chromecast without Wi-Fi credentials. Screen shot by Scott Webster/CNET

Google's popular HDMI media device, the Chromecast , gets even better today with a new software update.

First shown at Google I/O this summer, Guest Mode lets users share their Chromecast without needing to give friends and family members the password to a Wi-Fi network. Instead, the new mode simply relies on a PIN number for access.

Also available in the latest Android release, the Chromecast app gets a fresh coat of paint that falls in line with the refreshed design of the OS. In addition, the app has finally opened up screen mirroring to pretty much all Android devices.

Guest Mode is an opt-in feature that can be toggled on within the Chromecast app at any time...so long as the device runs Android 4.3 or above.