July 7, 2022

Jared Newman for TIME

It’s been a few month since Google opened up Chromecast to all third-party builders, and new apps are actually beginning to trickle in.

Whereas we haven’t seen any main streaming companies add assist lately, smaller builders have been adopting Chromecast in some fascinating methods. When you’ve bought Google’s $35 TV dongle, listed below are some new tips you are able to do with it:

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Dayframe

Flip Your TV right into a Picture Body

So long as you’re in the lounge and never truly watching TV, you would possibly as nicely liven it up with some images. Dayframe creates slideshows out of your smartphone and from on-line sources resembling Flickr, Google+ and Fb, and even means that you can sew collectively playlists. The app is free to strive, however a lot of the good Chromecast options require a $3 in-app buy.

Mirror Video from Your Telephone’s Internet Browser

An experimental characteristic in Google’s Chrome beta for Android permits you to ship movies from the browser to the tv. To activate it, enter chrome://flags/#enable-cast within the tackle bar and hit “Allow,” then restart the browser. It’s removed from good — some video sources I attempted simply crashed the browser — however it’ll in all probability enhance with time.

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GamingCast

Play Some Video games

Chromecast isn’t a lot of a sport console simply but, however a few new apps are displaying potential. QCast is a free quiz sport the place gamers reply on their respective telephones or tablets, whereas the scoreboard reveals up on the large display screen. When you’re keen to spend $1.50, GamingCast affords a collection of video games — together with Snakes, Pong, Xonix (Qix clone) and Tetrominoes (Tetris clone) — that you simply management along with your telephone..It’s an fascinating idea, even when it’s sort of difficult to make use of the touchscreen whereas watching your tv. Hopefully that Sport Boy emulator isn’t far behind.

View Some New Streaming Sources

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Podcast Addict

We’re nonetheless holding out for official assist from extra apps resembling Vudu, Rdio and Twitch.television, however within the meantime, try TWiT Forged, an unofficial TWiT.television Chromecast participant for Android. And when you’re in want of a free podcast participant, Podcast Addict will get the job executed.

Beam Your Telephone’s Photographs, Movies or Music

You’d assume this could be a fundamental characteristic of Chromecast, however as an alternative Google left it as much as third-party app builders to fill the void. Thankfully, they’ve executed a advantageous job. On Android, Allcast affords the smoothest design, most controls and assist for native music playback. However when you simply need to swipe via your photograph gallery, Castaway Free is a advantageous possibility. On the iPhone, try the free Picture Forged for Chromecast app.

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