A selection of tools and tips to get the best out of your device.
An alternative to Plex, AllCast is another easy way to store and stream content from your device to your television. The app makes it easy to cast your images, videos, and music to your big screen, allowing you to group and save sets of content quickly and easily, and also works with Dropbox and Google Drive, meaning you should always be able to access the files you want.
Netflix has quickly become a byword for reliable, quality entertainment since its launch, with an extensive library of content available alongside in-house programming such as House Of Cards winning many fans. It’s not surprise then that the Netflix Chromecast app is a must-have, offering smooth streaming of content direct from your device – which can, in a nice touch, be used as a remote to pause, rewind, fast-forward and even change the volume of your media.
Sometimes, all you want to is sit back and relax to some of your favourite music, but what if you’ve only got your laptop and your headphones have gone missing? Utilise the superior speakers in your television using the Vevo app, which lets you browse through the thousands of music videos currently stored to hunt down your top tracks. You can also create your own stream of hand-picked videos and play them, and thanks to its close partnership with YouTube, many leading artists are included, meaning you should never be without something to listen to.
Music fans should be well-served by Chromecast’s apps, with Projectify another offering that is a must-have. Projectify delivers YouTube video content to your TV via Chromecast, based on what you have in your Spotify playlists, meaning it’s a quick and easy way to assemble a playlist of all your favourites.
Due to these links, though, the app requires Spotify premium, and you won’t be able to play anything that doesn’t have a matching video on YouTube, but asides from that, it offers an extensive library that is sure to keep you occupied for some time.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of an artist, especially using the myriad of art and drawing applications available across Android and iOS, then CastPad could be the perfect tool to show off your work. This drawing app lets you doodle to your heart’s content – even over pictures from your personal library, with the images updated live on you television as you alter them on your phone or tablet. Five colours are initially available to draw with, with more available to purchase, meaning it’s ideal to show off your skills or for a game of Pictionary.
As well as your own images, though, you may want to cast your eye over some classical output, or simply look to brighten up your television with some new wallpapers. Google has said it will soon be introducing a built-in feature for Chromecast, but until then, the likes of Allkick do a very good job.
The app offers a vast collection of artworks and photography from artists around the world, giving users the opportunity to display slideshows of special collections or venues, and also links to YouTube for video analysis and discussion of the works being shown.