Google Chrome Gets New Casting Features

Google has introduced a new "Cast" option directly built-in its Chrome browser.

The Next Web reports that the underlying technology behind Google's Chromecast, the Google Cast, is being build now directly into Chrome. The new "Cast" feature can be used for Hangouts.

In the drop-down menu in Chrome 51 that is currently in beta version, the browser will have a new "Cast" option. The built-in Cast feature will allow users to display the browser tab into a Cast-enable monitor or a TV, in the same way as the extension. The Cast browser extension will continue to work but may no longer be needed.

Google has also offloaded the screen resolution and streaming rate. While Google Cast does the heavy lifting, users will be able to just be streaming. The Cast feature will also become integrated in Chrome OS.

According to Mashable, Google Cast technology allows users to beam content from their browser or smartphone to speakers or television. Once the feature is integrated into the browser, users can click on the tools menu in the top right corner and select "cast." From there, browser tabs can be beamed to any Cast-enabled display.

Back in January the update was first spotted in a beta version of Chrome. However, now it seems that Google is getting ready to make the feature available to everyone. On Google's support page, the company explains that the feature is rolling out with the current version 51 of Chrome and it will also be available with Chrome 52 version that was not released yet.

The Chrome's new casting abilities will also benefit Google Hangouts. Within Hangouts users will be able to cast Chrome tabs directly to conversations.

Google's Hangouts app already supports screen-sharing, but for situation when users want to share a single browser tab casting could be a handy alternative. On its support webpage, Google provides detailed instructions on how the new "Cast" feature will work .

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