Google's Chromecast is the company's most popular gadget. And it is not for less, because its price makes it accessible to all audiences. To this must be added that the device is compatible with a good number of applications, which allows us to expand the range of possibilities much more: from playing a simple game to watching local content on our television screen. On this occasion we have collected several of the best applications compatible with Chromecast that we can currently find in the Google store.
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Turn your TV into a multimedia center with Kodi
We have already talked about Kodi countless times. It is a virtual multimedia center that allows us to reproduce content, such as series, movies, television programs and documentaries, through third-party add-ons. The process to install add-ons on Kodi is really simple. The problem is that today it is not compatible with Chromecast . For this we will have to resort to a third-party application, which will be the application that we will see next.
- Download Kodi for Android
LocalCast, the solution to make Kodi work on Chromecast
As its name suggests, LocalCast allows us to cast local content from our device or from a NAS that we have installed on the TV on the network. Beyond the application's own functions, LocalCast is the tool that we will need to duplicate Kodi content on Chromecast . Of course, the process is somewhat convoluted, since we will have to resort to a file manager and a configured XML file. After configuring the two applications, the processor to see the Kodi content on the screen is really simple.
- Download LocalCast for Android
Zattoo to watch TV through Chromecast
Wiseplay, the best alternative to Kodi to play content on TV
This application replicates the Kodi philosophy. It is a content manager that works through external IPTV lists that we will have to add manually. The difference with respect to Kodi is that Wiseplay is fully compatible with Chromecast , so we will not have to resort to any other application to duplicate the content of the mobile on the screen.
In addition to being compatible with W3U and M3U video lists , Wiseplay has local video playback functions. MP4, MOV, MP3, MKV, MTS, OGG, WMV, AVI, AAC ... It also supports HTTP, HTTPS, MMS, RTMP and RTSP protocols to play the content of a NAS.
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Play videos from any web page with Web Video Cast
By the nature of the operating system, Google Chromecast forces us to use individual applications to duplicate the content on the screen (YouTube, Netflix, WisePlay ...). What Web Video Cast does is embed a web browser on the phone that supports Chromecast video playback. In this way we can duplicate the content of any web page from the integrated browser , be it Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or any player compatible with the HTML5 language. As if this were not enough, it has a pop-up blocker, as well as a function that allows us to download videos locally.
- Download Web Video Cast for Android
CastNES, a complete NES emulator on your Chromecast
An emulator of the mythical NES compatible with Chromecast? An emulator of the mythical NES compatible with Chromecast. Just load the games through the application browser et voilà , they will automatically be displayed on the screen. The good thing is that we will not have to resort to a physical control, since the application interface is transformed into a virtual control . Unfortunately, the response time is somewhat high due to the very nature of the connection.
- Download CastNES for Android
CastGBC, a Game Boy Color emulator for Chromecast
From the same creators as CastNES, it is a Game Boy Color emulator - not a Game Boy Advance - compatible with the Google receiver. The operation of the application is practically traced to that of its counterpart. So are its disadvantages, depending exclusively on the WiFi network. To this must be added that the application has the odd bug that causes the emulator to crash when loading certain games , as several users have confirmed.
- Download CAST GBC for Android
GamingCast, a fun retro console
If we opt for more casual games, GamingCast arrives as a retro console with several of the most popular titles from the 80s and 90s, with titles such as Snake, Pong (in multiplayer), Xonix, Tetrominoes and Flapper . Best of all, we won't have to install the games manually, since they are implemented as standard. The company also ensures that it will add titles progressively in the future, so the initial list could grow even more.
- Download GamingCast for Android
Just Dance Now, the mythical Just Dance on your Chromecast
We come to the last application with one of the most emblematic games of the last decade in its version for Chromecast. We are talking about Just Dance, which has recently launched a title compatible with the Google receiver. Its operation is practically identical to that of console games: just hold the phone with your hand to start replicating the dances shown on the screen .
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For the rest, the game has a library of more than 500 songs, including 40 songs from the Just Dance 2018 console game . In addition to having a multiplayer mode, it is compatible with the Health Kit ecosystem to see the number of calories we consume while dancing.
- Download Just Dance Now for Android