Firefox For Android Gets Chromecast, Roku Support

Chris CrumTechnology

Share this Post

Mozilla announced that Firefox for Android will now let users send supported videos to their televisions via Roku and Chromecast.

In a blog post, the company explains:

You might be entertaining friends and want to share a clip from your recent vacation or a news video from sites like CNN.com. Whatever the reason, sending videos to your TV has never been easier. All you need to do is find and start to play a video in Firefox for Android. You’ll then see the ‘send to device’ icon in the video playback controls and the URL bar. Tap on the icon for a list of connected Roku or Chromecast device(s) that are on the same WiFi network. Simply select the device you want to send your video to.

You can choose the content you want to view in your living room and can play, pause and close videos directly from the Media Control Bar in Firefox for Android. This appears at the bottom of the screen on your Android phone when a video is being sent and stays visible as long as the video is playing, even if you change tabs or visit new Web pages.

Of course the Chromecast app itself lets you mirror your Android device's screen (at least for the growing list of supported devices), and more and more apps (including Chrome) enable casting on their own.

The addition of Roku support is the standout feature with Mozilla's offering. While it doesn't offer any specific plans, the functionality would seem to suggest that Firefox could add support for additional streaming devices.

Image via YouTube

Chris Crum
Chris Crum has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network of B2B Publications since 2003. Follow Chris on Twitter, on StumbleUpon, on Pinterest and/or on Google: +Chris Crum.