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You soon won't need a browser extension to cast your Google Chrome tabs
The Google Chromecast is a handy little device that lets you cast just about anything you’d like to your television, monitor, or basically any other screen with an HDMI port. If you’ve ever tried to mirror Google Chrome tabs from your desktop to your Chromecast, you’ve likely stumbled across the handy Google Cast Chrome extension that’s currently available in the Chrome Web Store. Casting a tab is easy enough – all you need to do is navigate to a webpage, click the extension and select your Chromecast.
It’s not a huge burden to download an extension to cast your tabs, but one would think this functionality would be built into the Chrome browser itself. Well, thanks to a recent post from Googler François Beaufort, the Chromium team is working hard to make this possible.
You can try out the feature today if you're running the Beta Channel
Note: enabling the experimental flag will disable the Google Cast extension. Toggling the flag to off will re-enable this extension.
This isn’t an entirely revolutionary new feature, but it’s something that many of us have been requesting for some time. When it comes to stability, I’ve had some pretty good luck with the new feature after just a few minutes of testing. Videos and images load up just fine, so I’d imagine they will for you, too.