Google Chromecast connects your TV with any phone, tablet or laptop wirelessly. At Rs 2,999, it seems like a great deal (read our review). But its real utility will always be tied to what you can actually see on the TV with it.
Chromecast has been around in the US for a long time, which is why several US-based apps and services already support it. If you’re an Indian user, here are the best Chromecast-ready apps you should download on your phone:
This one is a no-brainer. One of the biggest uses of Chromecast is to beam YouTube videos on your TV. It’s easy, it works flawlessly, and given how much good content there is on YouTube (including full movies), this is the app you’ll use most often.
Spuul (Android) / ErosNow (Android/iOS)
Speaking of films, movie streaming services Spuul and ErosNow also support Chromecast, so you can watch the best of Bollywood on your big screen TV. Spuul works with Chromecast only on Android, but ErosNow is available on both Android and iOS.
If you want to play your own movies through Chromecast on your TV, then Plex is the easiest way to do it. The free app has limited use but you’ll be able to do simple things like playing a video from your phone/tablet/laptop and casting it to the TV. If you want, you can also pay for the paid version and get cool features like media server access.
With so many great videos online, what should you watch? 5by solves that for you with video recommendations by other users and expert curators. You won’t have to sit through several boring clips to find entertainment for 5 minutes.
Rdio launched in India recently and it already supports Chromecast, along with a large catalogue of Indian music—although that’s mostly Bollywood, not pan-regional. Still, if you want to listen to your tunes through the sound system hooked up to your TV, here you go!
Pocket Casts (Android/iOS)
Podcasts are a great source of infotainment, and they can even capture the imagination of the internet, like the recent episodes of Serial proved. If you’re an avid podcast listener, you should already be using Pocket Casts, one of the most powerful apps to collect, organise and listen to podcasts. Well, Pocket Casts supports Chromecast too!
Dehumanize Your Friends (Android/iOS)
The TV is mainly a shared experience, so when you have friends over for a party, get everyone to install Dehumanize Your Friends on their phones for some filthy good times. Be warned, this is an adults-only game with strong language. The objective is to make funny phrases and expressions given the “word cards” in your hands, by filling in the blanks of sentences you see on the screen. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s a hilarious and fun party game for grown-ups.