Chromecast will stream a couple of new apps starting with today, according to Google. Beginning with July 2013, Google has constantly updated the core software, as well as the range of available apps. Now Google pleased us by introducing a pack of family games, as well as a couple of other highly desired apps.
But before you start checking out this new apps, bear this in mind: if you have just created an account, you have free access to Hulu Plus for two months and Google Play All Access Music for the next three months.
Showtime Anytime is now compatible with Google’s dongle, so you’ll have the chance of benefiting from Chromecast’s advantages even more. To watch shows like “Homeland” directly through Chromecast you’ll need to have a subscription to Showtime, though.
The Holidays are coming, so what kind of fun do you want to have with your family? Listening to your mom’s precise plan on how you should make your life better or show her this new game called Big Web Quiz? The game uses Knowledge Graph as its main question source.
Hasbro-made games like Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads, and Simon Swipe are now compatible with Google’s $35 streaming dongle as well. If you’re fidgety or you constantly need to move around, check out Ubisoft’s Just Dance Now, it might just work for you. Your phone will basically replace Kinect as the move recorder. Emoji Party seems like fun too. You will have to guess movie titles just by looking at a series of communication icons.
All these games will work with Google’s recent addition, the $99 Nexus Player.
It seems that Google is slowly turning Chromecast into a decent gaming console alternative. Users who might have been interested in buying Nintendo Wii should double check Chromecast’s potential of fulfilling their needs.
The Google Cast technology lying behind the dongle’s performance is a great solution. However, you do have to use your smartphone or tablet to access these apps, which can be a plus or a minus, depending on how you see it. One advantage is the increased compatibility, but on the downside, an non-native app will never be as fluid as a native one.
With all these new additions, Google takes Chromecast to a next step and gets closer to its main competitors, Apple TV and Roku.