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Flag in Chrome Beta 34 for Android Brings Chromecast Support

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Google is all about service integration. First, we saw Google+ being integrated into everything that they owned. Next up was Google Now, something that Google is still working on integrating into not only phones, but desktops and Chromebooks. In an unsurprising move, it seems now that Google is giving Chromecast the same love, and trying to work Cast into every device that they can touch. The latest Chrome Beta build for Android is the latest to have been visited by the streaming media fairy. 

After a bit of digging through Chrome Beta 34 flags by reddit user WhyYouPaul, he found that embedded videos on mobile are now being supported by Chromecast. Once the experimental feature is turned on, HTML5 videos show the Chromecast toggle that allows you to throw it to your big screen – YouTube, Vimeo, TED, and a few other video sites work with a couple of bugs that need working out, but it is a brand new feature.

We expect to see Google get this running smoothly before letting the masses get their hands on it, but its good to see Google continuing to find new ways to use Chromecast.

To toggle on Chromecast support, head into chrome://flags in the latest build of Chrome Beta. Scroll down to the option for “Enable experimental Chromecast support,” tap “Enable,” re-launch Chrome, and then find a video to test on.

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Via: reddit
  • Benito Wood

    Anybody else having battery drain with this enabled?

  • Nikos Koufos

    How about chrome with immersive mode?

  • Tim242

    Most videos don’t open up in the video player, so this is pretty much useless. Dreams crushed!

  • JustinRadice

    Enabled the feature but I don’t see where I can cast anywhere in the beta browser

    • Tim242

      Only when videos open up in the video player allow it. The cast button is in the top left corner. That means most videos won’t play.

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

    Chrome for Android has flags? Cool

  • DonaldRTonn

    It seemees like they are alreadyd halfway there. They either need to add Miracast support to the Chromecast, or addd Chrommecast sending support to the “Cast screen” optiton already located under Display on many devicees. http://num.to/4080*4972*7321

  • JRomeo

    “First, we saw Google+ being integrated into everything that they owned”……… I am still waiting on Google+ photos/vidz chromecast functionality being integrated directly from the google+ app on android…

  • 213ninja

    Thank you.

  • Ray

    Yes please

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Is there a way to get download straight to drive? And if there’s not, I should make it.

  • Lumia Nexus

    make Chrome full of useless features so ppl can surely just stop using it. the more the features the more the bugs

    • sgtguthrie

      This is far from useless ;-)

      • Tim242

        As of now, it is useless. The cast button only appears in the video player. So, most videos cannot be casted.

        • sgtguthrie

          Did you miss the part about it being in beta?

          • Tim242

            It works fine. Beta isn’t the issue. The issue is that embedded videos won’t have the capability, unless they open up in the video player.

    • JRomeo

      there were 20 people in my living room for a hangout last week…. I wanted to show them something on my phone’s web browser…. I wish this would have been implemented last week….

  • Matt R Carner

    Oh this is awesome.

  • GarHIII

    Streaming Media Fairy is now mandatory instead of Chromecast

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    chrome://flags/#enable-cast, easier to get to that way. :)

  • Logan Jinks

    I’d love to see chromecast mirroring for devices some day.

    • Raven

      It seems like they are already halfway there. They either need to add Miracast support to the Chromecast, or add Chromecast sending support to the “Cast screen” option already located under Display on many devices.

      • Cory_S

        I don’t think we will see anything worth using on this Chromecast hardware generation. The WiFi is just kinda cruddy in it, and that’s a lot of hops for wifi streaming anyway.