A long time ago that Google’s Chromecast stopped being a simple screen replicator. Thanks to the applications that currently make up the brand’s ecosystem, the possibilities that Chromecast offer us are much broader than those of other competing devices. On this occasion we have collected several original ideas to get the most out of Google Chromecast in its four versions released to date: Chromecast, Chromecast 2, Chromecast 3 and Chromecast Ultra.
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Turn Google Chromecast into a dance machine
Just Dance Now is the game that makes it physically possible to use Chromecast as a dance machine. The popular Ubisoft saga has reached the Google device with more than 500 songs and 40 titles belonging to Just Dance 2018, such as Despacito, by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Shape of you, by Ed Sheeran, or Chantación, by Maluma and Shakira.
As with the console versions of the game, Just Dance Now forces us to grab the phone to detect all dance moves. Not having a camera in use, the game uses the motion sensors of the mobile to identify the steps.
Emulate old consoles on your mobile with Chromecast
Although the execution of games on Chromecast is quite limited by the latency of WiFi networks, there are some applications that allow us to emulate old consoles. Consoles like the Nintendo NES or the Game Boy Color. And best of all, free!
Due to the limitations that we have just discussed, the operation of this type of emulators can be erratic at times. It should be noted that emulators do not include serial games, but we will have to load the original game file from the application’s file explorer to start the emulation.
Or use Chromecast as a game station
There is a whole world of games and applications beyond console emulators. Games like Angry Birds Friends, Angry Birds Go, Alien Invaders, Deer Hunter, RISK: Global Domination or Tower Construction 3D, among others. In fact, on Google Play we can find dozens of different titles compatible with Google Chromecast, from casual games to títulos online ’titles. Just type Chrome Chromecast games ’in the Google Store search to see all the titles compatible with the Google device.
Google Chromecast as a multimedia center in your living room
Setting up a multimedia center at home no longer requires NAS servers or external hard drives. Thanks to applications like VLC or Solid Explorer we can execute any video and sound file in the Chromecast as if it were a multimedia center. The advantage of VLC is that supports a good number of uncompressed video formats, like FLAC or MKV. As for Solid Explorer, the local file manager allows us to open practically any element of the phone’s internal memory, from documents in PDF or Word format to Power Point presentations and images in JPG or PNG. If our phone supports USB OTG (USB On The Go) technology, the browser will recognize any external device that we connect to the mobile, be it an external hard drive or a USB stick.
Use your TV as a very powerful Smart TV
Many users buy a Chromecast from Google with the idea of turn your televisions into a Smart TV to use. Unfortunately, the device does not have a separate interface, such as Android TV or Apple TV. But this does not mean that we cannot use our televisions as a smart television.
Thanks to applications like Kodi, Web Video Cast or Wiseplay we can elevate the possibilities of Chromecast to those of a conventional smart TV. Watch series and movies by catalog, play television channels from other countries live, watch videos from Facebook, Twitter or any web page with a video player … The possibilities of these three combined applications are practically limitless. It is worth saying that Kodi does not support Chromecast natively, so we will have to resort to an alternative method to make the application compatible with the Google environment.
Use Zoom in Chromecast to make video calls from TV
Yes, you read it right. As with Kodi, Zoom does not support streaming the app on Chromecast. For this reason, we are forced to duplicate the phone screen on the TV from the options of the Google Home application. We can also use the Transmit to Smart TV application, which we can download completely free from the Google store. The advantage of Google Home is that latency is much less than that of any other tool.
After configuring screen mirroring on our mobile phone, the ideal is to place it just below the TV so that the camera captures our face from a relatively high position.
Has anyone said ‘karaoke’?
So is. Although there is no specific application to use Chromecast as karaoke, tools like Musicxmatch allow us to stamp on the screen the lyrics of the songs that are played on the Google device. The advantage of this application over other similar ones is that it is compatible with a good handful of streaming music services, such as Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Soundcloud or Google Play Music.
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