If you’re a tiny bit tech savvy, you’ve heard of the popular Google Home Chromecast device. It’s a small dongle that turns any TV into a smart TV with the help of a computer or a smartphone. It has been four years since the release, and believe it or not, Google created the perfect app for the device. It only took them two generations to do it, and people aren’t really noticing the changes.
In fact, after the initial installation, a lot of people aren’t using the application. The interface may seem a bit boring, but the app itself is anything but. Here are four reasons why you should use the Google Home (formerly Chromecast) app.
Personalized Content Curation
After installation, Chromecast curates all your compatible apps on your phone into one place, creating this guide to what you can stream. Your phone becomes the remote to a whirlwind of entertainment. The app also recommends things from apps you don’t have. If an app can be casted to your screen, it will be here. So far I’ve only discovered one app that won’t let me cast, and ironically it’s my Xfinity TV app.
Some phones like the S8 have a smart share button on their phone, and people opt to use that. This is cheating yourself. There’s nothing worse than having the screen share crash because it’s not a stable connection. Going directly through the Chromecast app to mirror your screen is the best approach, as it’s proven to be more stable and less buggy. I was impressed because not all apps allow you to cast your screen, so screen mirroring is a bit of a loophole. It also works perfectly by opening a Chrome Browser and casting the tab you want to stream.
Let the Games Begin
Chromecast did something genius. You can enjoy some of your favorite games on your TV. Angry Birds, Scrabble, and Just Dance are a few exciting games that show up pretty nicely on the screen. Yes, you have to download the apps individually, but you have the power to pick and choose what you want to play. If you thought you were on your phone a lot already, wait until you play a few rounds of Just Dance with your friends.
Google Home Music
You don’t need a Bluetooth speaker if you have Chromecast. The app will easily play music from your phone or stream Spotify and Pandora tracks to your screen.
What I enjoy about Chromecast is that it made me think twice about adding any more cable boxes in my house. Why get another cable box, when you can get a $30 Chromecast and download all the channels you need to your phone? With a cable login and a Chromecast, entertainment is endless. If my parents were a bit more tech savvy, we’d all have just one box, and there would be a Chromecast device in every room.
Have you checked out the Google Home app? Do you have any cord cutting tips? Put them in the comments below.