Chrome Beta on Android now has Chromecast support

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The latest update for Chrome Beta on Android brings the mobile version of Chrome a little closer to the desktop version: users are now able to cast YouTube videos to their televisions through the Chromecast, without using the YouTube app or going through a desktop computer. Android Police points out that this should theoretically work for any regular HTML5 video, as well.

Before you can start casting from Chrome Beta, you’ll have to enable the functionality in the flags. In the omnibar (where you normally type the URL or search term), simply type chrome://flags/, and then search for the flag titled “Enable experimental Chromecast support.” Relaunch the app, and you should be golden.

To test and make sure it’s set up properly, simply navigate to YouTube in the Chrome Beta browser, and select any video, taking care not to launch the YouTube app. You should see a cast icon, just like in any other compatible video app.

Casting other HTML5 videos is hit or miss, it seems, which is acceptable since this is still an experimental feature. Hopefully things will improve fast, though, as the Chromecast gains in popularity and end users expect to be able to cast whatever content they want.

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[Android Police]
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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.