Screencast from A Chromebook? Soon You Can!

One of the top items in the Chrome OS feature wishlist for many is about to get the tick mark. Chrome team may soon start working on a new API that allows screen capturing. Once implemented, developers will be able to write applications that let you record your Chromebook screen.

François Beaufort reports,

A new Chrome API named the Desktop Capture API has been proposed yesterday. Its goal is to allow chrome extensions and apps to capture screen content and content of individual windows.

To make sure users know when this API is being used, a notification would always be shown. Moreover, a Chrome OS Window picker dialog would also be created.

He also shared a proposal document which has more details. On the scope of the API, the document says, “Screen sharing in applications such as Google Hangouts and Cisco WebEx. Remote assistance applications similar to Chrome Remote Desktop


The document also suggest internal use cases for Google such as the Hangouts application using this API for sharing screen from a Chromebook. Many of Chromebook users around me use Google Plus and Hangouts. I am sure they are going to be really impressed with their Chromebooks if it can do hangouts in style from it.

Anyways, this is still in  a proposal stage. Stay tuned and I will bring you more on this soon!

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Dinsan made Google Chrome his default browser within hours of its release. He fell in love with Chromebooks from the day he first touched one and is currently obsessed with Chromecasts.

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  • Bryce Thorup 18/06/2013, 1:57 am

    I hope they can get this through in a timely manner. This is still one of my few gripes about my Chromebook.

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