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Google Chrome for desktop gets built-in Cast option

By Liu Hongzuo - on 4 Jul 2016, 11:20am

Google Chrome for desktop gets built-in Cast option

Image credit: 9to5Google.

The next update for your Google Chrome web browser will include a built-in Cast option. Starting from Chrome 51, users will no longer need to install the Google Cast toolbar extension in order to find or use their Google Cast device together with their desktop. There’s no need to uninstall the existing extension either, but you can still keep it to enjoy a convenient Cast icon button on your toolbar.

On top of adding built-in Cast functionality to Chrome, there’s the option to Cast content simply by bringing down the Chrome Tools menu (pictured below). Cast will also be available when you simply right-click a webpage while surfing on Chrome. According to 9to5Google, a user can choose to Cast just the current tab, or opt to Cast the entire desktop to your selected Cast device.

The Cast option will be built into your Chrome browser. Image credit: Google

Your mirrored content will have its bitrate, resolution, and quality automatically set for you. According to Google, the old versions of Google Cast toolbar icon allowed the user to adjust these parameters manually. Google did not say why they’ve decided to remove manual adjustments, but we’d think that doing so will allow for a smoother Cast experience, even if the network quality takes an occasional dip.

Down the road, Chrome 52 will have the ability to Cast your content to a Google Hangout, and other “Cloud Services” on Google. Once you have Cloud Services enabled (adjustable from your Cast icon), schedule a Hangout video call in Google calendar. Later on, you can simply right-click to Cast (or left-click the Cast toolbar button), and Cast to the available Hangout.

Chrome 51 will take some time to roll out, so wait a while if you don’t have built-in Cast in your web browser yet. You can also go ahead and install the Google Cast extension for Chrome, if you really like the nifty Cast icon button on your toolbar.

Source: Google via 9to5Google

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