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April 11, 2014

Cast Videos in Chrome for Android

The latest beta release of Chrome 35 for Android added support for casting HTML5 videos. You can now send videos to the Chromecast from any site that uses HTML5 video players, including YouTube.

To connect to a Chromecast, you need to play a video in fullscreen, click the cast icon and select a Chromecast device. You can then change the volume, fast forward or switch to a different video. YouTube's mobile site has support for the TV queue, so you can add videos to the queue instead of playing them right away.

The Chromecast integration is not perfect, there are some bugs that need to be fixed, but it's nice to see that you can cast almost any video right from the mobile browser, without having to install other apps and wait for the developers to integrate their apps with Chromecast.

Chrome 35 for Android also adds support for undoing tab closing, Samsung's multi-window feature and fullscreen videos with subtitles and HTML5 controls. Here's a video that shows the undo close tab feature in action, courtesy of Android Police:

{ Thanks, Sterling. }

1 comment:

  1. In the latest Android Chrome update they have quietly removed the Flag option to Disable/Enable casting from browser. So, I guess they want users to download the Casting Apps, and I guess to it's to appease major movie studios, etc, as they've now hidden the option to enable/disable the Casting option from the browser itself to cast a streaming video.

    So, you will need to cast Google's own video watching website or no doubt their Ok'd list.

    The only option is uninstall the latest update and put it back to stock version which worked before the update. However, you will need to visit the Play Store via your app and click on the 3 vertical dots top right of screen then remove the tick to auto update to keep your chrome browser stock.

    I do know that Chrome was dropping support for Flash games, etc, at the end of the year but there was no public notification that they were dropping HTML5 support for casting from their Android based browser too.

    Hopefully, another provider will realize this massive blunder to appease movie makers by integrating the Cast of a video stream option from browser into theirs!

    Google has added the option to cast the whole screen to Chromecast, but renders your phone doing only one job meaning you can no longer multi-task due to their latest update unless you use one of their OK'd list of Apps where you have to subscribe to watch movies, etc, unless you use allcast or some other type of video cast which you hope has a decent blocking Ads option.


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