Latest Chrome Beta for Android build contains hidden Chromecast video streaming function

March 4, 2014
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Chromecast functionality is coming on nicely, with more apps constantly adding in support for the device and there’s even the prospect of mirroring Android to Chromecast too. Even better still, now you can cast videos to your TV directly from Chrome for Android.

The latest beta version of Chrome for Android has Chromecast compatibility for YouTube videos hidden away within it. Interestingly, this function should also work for all standard HTML5 videos as well, although it seems to be a little bit hit and miss at the moment. The feature isn’t immediately available for use, instead it is hidden away within in the beta. Fortunately, it’s very quick and simple to enable.

To turn on the option you’ll need to type, or paste, chrome://flags/#enable-cast into the Chrome URL bar, which will then display a little notification where you can enable the experimental Chromecast feature. Check that it’s enabled, restart the browser and Chromecast support should be activated.

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Head on over to the Youtube webpage, not the Android app, and you should notice the familiar square Chromecast icon overlaid on top of the video, just like with other compatible video apps. The experience varies quite a lot on other video sites, sometimes the video needs to be in full screen mode before the Chromecast icon appears, and sometimes the function just won’t work at all.

Even though the experience is buggy at the moment, it’s a great sign of things to come. Eventually this option should find its way into a stable version of Chrome for Android, ushering in a new age of convenient television.

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