Google Chromecast is the company’s most popular gadget. And it’s no wonder since its price makes it accessible to everyone. Also, the device is compatible with a large number of applications, which allows users to expand the range of possibilities: from playing a simple game to viewing local content on our TV screen. This time we have collected several of the best applications compatible with Chromecast that can be found in the Google store.
Kodi: Turn your TV into a Media Center
We have already spoken about Kodi on countless occasions. It is a virtual media center that allows us to play content, such as series, films, television programs, and documentaries, through third-party add-ons. The process of installing add-ons on Kodi is really simple. The problem is that at present it is not compatible with Chromecast. For this, we will have to use a third-party application, which will be the application we will see next.
- Download Kodi for Android
LocalCast: The Solution to run Kodi on Chromecast
As the name implies, LocalCast allows us to cast local content from our device or from a NAS we have installed on the network on the TV. Beyond the application’s functions, LocalCast is the tool we’ll need to duplicate Kodi’s content in Chromecast. However, the process is a bit complicated, since we’ll have to use a file manager and a configured XML file. After configuring the two applications, the processor to see Kodi’s content on the screen is simple.
- Download LocalCast for Android
Zattoo: Watch TV through Chromecast
WisePlay: The best alternative to Kodi for playing content on TV
This application replicates Kodi’s philosophy. It is a content manager that works through external IPTV lists that we will have to add manually. The difference with Kodi is that Wiseplay is fully compatible with Chromecast, so we won’t have to use any other application to duplicate the content of the mobile on-screen.
In addition to supporting W3U and M3U video lists, Wiseplay has local video playback capabilities. 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.
- Download Android app
Web Video Cast: Play the videos of any Website
Due to the nature of the operating system, Google Chromecast requires 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 into the phone that supports video playback on Chromecast. This way we can duplicate the content of any web page from the integrated browser, be it Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or any player that supports HTML5 language. As if this wasn’t 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 in 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’s browser and voilà, they will automatically be displayed on the screen. The good thing is that we won’t have to resort to a physical controller since the application’s interface is transformed into a virtual controller. Unfortunately, the response time is somewhat high due to the nature of the connection.
- Download CastNES for Android
CastGBC: A game boy color emulator for Chromecast
From the same creators as CastNES, this is a Game Boy Color – not Game Boy Advance – emulator compatible with the Google receiver. The application’s operation is virtually mirrored that of its counterpart. So are its disadvantages, as it relies exclusively on the WiFi network. Also, the application has some bugs that cause the emulator to crash when loading certain games, as several users have confirmed.
- Download CastGBC for Android
GamingCast: A Fun Retro Console
If we opt for more casual games, GamingCast comes as a retro console with several of the most popular games from the 80s and 90s, with games like Snake, Pong (in multiplayer), Xonix, Tetrominoes, and Flapper. Best of all, we won’t have to install the games manually, as they are implemented as standard. The company also says it will be adding titles progressively in the future, so the initial list could grow even further.
- Download GamingCast for Android
Just Dance Now: The Legendary Just Dance in your Chromecast
We arrive at 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 game compatible with Google’s receiver. Its operation is practically identical to that of console games: you just have to hold the phone in your hand to start replicating the dances shown on screen.
Otherwise, the game has a library of over 500 songs, including 40 songs from the console game Just Dance 2018. In addition to a multiplayer mode, it supports the Health Kit Ecosystem to view the number of calories we consume while dancing.
- Download Just Dance Now for Android