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Google has been buffing up the capabilities of the Chromecast as of late by opening up app access with the SDK, and it looks like even first-party apps are getting in on the action. The latest release of the beta version of Chrome for Android adds in Chromecast capability for YouTube videos. Theoretically, it should work for any standard HTML5 video as well. Now you don't need a laptop to cast web videos to your television.

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In order to enable the new functionality, you'll have to do a little digging. Open Chrome Beta and type "chrome://flags/#enable-cast" in the URL bar. From there you should be able to manually turn on the experimental feature. Relaunch Chrome Beta and it should be active. Now head to YouTube and check out a video, making sure not to launch the stand-alone YouTube app. You'll see the square Chromecast icon overlaid onto the video, just like on any compatible video app.


The experience is best on YouTube - a little testing shows that the casting function isn't reliable on more general HTML5 videos. Trying to cast a Vimeo video from Chrome Beta only worked after the video was set to fullscreen, and the icon didn't appear at all on a DailyMotion video. (DailyMotion actually crashed Chrome Beta at least once.) Casting from Chrome Beta is just generally buggy at the moment, but of course a few issues are to be expected. This is a beta release, after all, and Google isn't going out of its way to highlight the feature yet.

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This should be a boon to regular Chromecast users - aside from not needing a laptop or desktop PC to stream from the web, you may not need site-specific apps to stream videos either. Once this feature hits the stable version of Chrome, it should be much easier to use.

Thanks, Ahmad El-Ibrahim!

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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  • jonzey231

    Who wants to bet the biggest benefit of this will be porn? lol 😂

    • Brad

      my tv is too far away for that. I must need glasses. for porn.

      • Princesation

        Excuse to buy a bigger TV?

      • jr

        Mom said you'd go blind...

    • Neto Cavalcanti

      Don't work with College Humor website, but it works with that porn site who begins with an X.

      • mgamerz

        that only narrows it down like 50%

      • SSDROiD

        "who"? Porn sites are people now? I suppose they give the same pleasure as an actual sexual partner, but to call them a person is going a little too far :P

        • Neto Cavalcanti

          My english sucks. So who? :p

          • SSDROiD

            Bahahaha! That cracked me up! Made my day, good sir!

          • Sir Perro

            lol brilliant

      • ddpacino

        Say no more.... *takes early lunch*


      Suck my dick

      • jonzey231

        I'll pass.

  • Sourabh Sekhar

    I want text reflow back :(

    • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

      All I can say is:
      Have you tried Opera yet? It's Chromium-based and you can enable text wrap in the settings. (No Chromecast support though.)

  • Sorian

    What, WHAT? YAY!

  • hp420

    What good is that without flash? Most sites still don't use html5

    • Alex

      Hopefully they will soon. Can't think of a way flash is better, it's slowly dying.

      • hp420

        Adobe stopped supporting android in 4.x....chrome for android wasn't even in public beta at the time, so no flash supported version ever saw the light of day. I'm fairly certain if it hasn't happened yet it never will....but it would be nice. I understand it's not official and most people won't get it working if it has to be sideloaded, but if they added support in and never said anything about it the dev community would find out on our own, the mainstream community would never find out, so they wouldn't be disappointed they can't have it without some minor android knowledge, and all would be right with the world again.

    • Morten Ulveseth

      If they work on mobile, they most likely use html5 or?

      • hp420

        The only mainstream browser I know of that supports flash still is firefox. I think it was dumb for Adobe to remove android flash support. It used to work fine if the apk was sideloaded. They even removed flash from AOSP browser in 4.4! That's when I started using FF...unfortunately it's slower than molasses in a blizzard in Antarctica in January

  • O’s Fan91

    Total chromecast noob here (I dont have one yet), but is it possible to stream to a laptop?

    • armandocj

      Does your laptop have a HDMI input?

    • Elislurry

      TO a laptop, no. From a laptop, yes.

    • ddpacino

      No. Right now, Chromecast is for displaying content from a phone, tablet, or browser to a Chromecast dongle plugged into a TV or AVR. No device-to-device Chromecasting. Yet.

      • Alex

        Cheapcast works for making android devices into receivers.

    • KojiroAK

      It is, search for Leapcast.

    • KojiroAK

      You can, search for Leapcast.

  • Ken Maren

    Does this mean Chromebook support as well?

    • ddpacino

      There is a stable and Beta extension for Chromebooks and browsers. The mobile browser cannot access extensions at this time, so it's done this way. The label next to that flag appears to be Android only as well.

  • truth

    Still can't text flow?

    Still displays majority of non mobile pages with incorrectly sized fonts?

    Still won't call it out? for far our losing free stuff? Sundars b*tch?

    • http://twitter.com/rluik Rafael Luik

      Try Opera (not the Mini nor Classic), it's Chromium-based and you can enable text wrap in the settings (this will also stop the incorrectly sized fonts).
      (No Chromecast support though.)

  • rian

    Will this work wit twitch.TV?

    • Matthew Fry

      Every Twitch video I've seen is flash. There might be a way to make them not flash, but I've not seen it.

      • SlenderSniper

        It occasionally uses html5, so it is possible, but also a bit random.

  • ddh819

    this is just casting the videos? no tab casting?

  • Christopher Robert

    Wish this was the update to include tab casting in general.

  • Ahmad El-Ibrahim

    Hopefully it becomes stable fast, and Google moves onto full tab casting.

  • andy

    Unisen iPazzPort Cast is a mini engine to turn your Home HD Screen become a All Media Sharing Center with full screen by Smart phone or tablet.

  • RitzCurious

    I tried the said option but did not work for me. Is it dependent on the mobile hardware too? Mine is Samsung Galaxy S2

  • SmoothCrimiNole

    really odd, got youtube to work fine, but when going to vimeo. no icon at all even in fullscreen, tried it both on my s3 and my nexus7

  • Alex Beattie

    Just don't rip the head off of it, or make sure your able to seek medical attn! yank yank oh no it's broken! lol

  • Stephan Sch

    Some more insights on the topic: https://gist.github.com/eyecatchup/10706409

  • Valerie Chaplin

    enable experimental chromecast not coming up on my chrome for beta

  • J.A. Ward

    Yeah, theyv'e changed it to enable DISABLE CHROMECAST EXPERIMENTAL OPTION so itt should be set as defaultt standarrd nw. Just o confim I ttried it botth ways bu t I tthink me has a harrrdware issue on me Asus Fonepad (rooted an' tootted) will purchase Allcast premium for five dollar as that was straight in tthere with hd from u2ba app an i'donly spentt two minuttes on chromecast, yup commercialism suks bt if u wanna wizardry ya gotta fetch da eye of da newt init...

  • J.A. Ward

    Sorry about my spelling I was up all night trying to configure future ttf font for go keyboard and instead installed a font which looks better than the standard but for some reason jumps...

  • CK

    Recent update n it stopped working, anything to fix I?