Iâve been saying it for a few years now, but I really, really like the Chromecast â Googleâs simple little dongle for streaming Netflix/Hulu/YouTube etc. from your devices to your TV with just a tap or two. It does what itâs supposed to do, does it well and doesnât try to do anything more than that.
Wellâ¦ thatâs not entirely true. Thereâs one feature thatâs always been relatively underwhelming: âCast this tab.â Built to let you stream videos and content from your browser on sites that donât actually have Chromecast support built in, itâs always been sort ofâ¦ clunky. Even when it does mostly work, the video frame rate is never on par with what youâd see from the sites that handle Chromecast integration themselves.
It seems Google is getting around to tackling this problem.
In a post on Google Plus, Googler FranÃ§ois Beaufort says that the Chrome team has been cracking away at improving things, upping both the battery efficiency and the video quality. It looks like itâll only really improve videos that are running in a tab full-screen â but hey, progress!
Even better: If youâre willing to poke around under Chromeâs hood, you can check out the work-in-progress improvements right this second. Just open Chrome, navigate to chrome://flags/#media-remoting and switch the box from âDefaultâ to âEnabledâ (If itâs not showing up, make sure Chrome is updated. Itâs also worth noting that this is an experimental feature and might totally break things â but if it does, just go back to that same address and switch it back to âDefaultâ).