Google Cast now in-built into Chrome browser; streaming from mobile devices to TV gets easier

By: | Published: August 30, 2016 5:15 PM

Two years after Google launched its Chromecast dongles, to let people stream content from their smartphones, PCs, and tablets, directly to their television sets has made it even easier.

google, chromecasts, google chrome, chromebook, android, tv, smartphone, google chromocast, chrome cast, google castGoogle announced on Sunday that the feature called Google Cast is now built into the Chrome browser which will make it easier for consumers to put videos and music on the TV screens.(Reuters)

Two years after Google launched its Chromecast dongles, to let people stream content from their smartphones, PCs, and tablets, directly to their television sets has made it even easier. The tech giant announced on Sunday that the feature called Google Cast is now built into the Chrome browser which will make it easier for consumers to put videos and music on the TV screens. Basically, Google Cast will put the browser itself onto the big screen, with the help of dedicated hardware, called Chromecast and Chromecast Audio and that too without any user configuration or installation. According to Google’s blog post, it claimed that the Casting feature of Chrome has become very popular with, more than 30 million casting from the browser in the last month, and over 50 million hours of content streaming.

Despite its limited functionality than Apple TV, the low price of Google’s Chromecast have appealed to the masses and have sold more than them according to quarterly reports. From Netflix to YouTube, everything can be used through Chromecast without any extra hassle. Google’s product manager Stephen Konig wrote in the blog, “Google Cast is now built fully into Chrome, and anyone can now Cast without having to install or configure anything.” Now even the websites which are integrated with Cast will be able to be viewed on the TV screens with just a couple of clicks. A Cast icon will automatically appear when a Cast device is in the periphery.

Now from Google Hangouts, video calls to other apps like Cast for Education, will be able to be shared on TV sets. And if the website is not integrated, there is a ‘Cast’ button on the Menu icon in the browser, which can be used for streaming. To use the feature, the user has to download the latest version of the browser. The new feature, making the device more consumer friendly will also help Google sell more Chromecasts.

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