Google TV and everything related to it creates great expectations. And it’s not for free, we’re facing the inheritance system of Android TV that occupies the heart of the new Chromecast. And so that you don’t hide any secrets, we’re going to go over some of them Features and tips to help us enjoy it.
While waiting for the latest update, even models with Android TV are getting little pills in the form of updates that bring their screen a little closer to the look of Google TV. A new interface to move around and in We will be able to perform all of these actions.
Use the remote control to control the TV
One of the options we can do with the new Chromecast is based on using the built-in remote control. We can even use the remote control to turn our TV on and off. The key is in the HDMI-CEC function and so you can activate it.
- We are going to ” The settings “ in the upper right area of the screen.
- We enter the area “Screen and Sound”.
- We permit “HDMI-CEC”.
When apps are installed, they are displayed in a predefined order. However, we can place them wherever we want. We just have to Press and hold the central button of the controller the Chromecast remote and we’ll see an options window pop up ” Move “, ” To open “ Yes ” Details “. We select the first one and use the control arrows to move it to one side or the other.
Configure a screen saver according to your needs
The Chromecast, just like modern televisions has an ambient mode In this way we can produce pictures when we are not using the television for a long time. When going to the kitchen, it is particularly useful to have a frozen image frozen on the screen.
This type of screen saver can be configured by ” The settings “ and enter the section “System”where we have to choose those “Ambient mode”. At this point we can choose between three predefined options:
- Google photos: Take a look at the photos we linked to our Google account in Google Photos.
- Art gallery : Use images from Getty Images, Google Arts & Culture, NASA, Google Earth …
- Experimental: With a low consumption mode, it offers alternative images.
All of these modes are also compatible with the third-party applications that we have installed. In my case, therefore, I prefer to use the antenna application as we explained it in her day. Access to Apple TV wallpapers.
The Chromecast is always on
We can configure the Chromecast so that we can send content from a mobile phone at any time connected to the same Wi-Fi network than the Chromecast by following these steps.
- We enter the ” The settings “.
- Click on “System”.
- We enter the area “Send” and we choose the option ” Always “.
In this way, an icon will appear on the mobile phone connected to the same WiFi, indicating that this is possible Control and send content to Chromecast.
Search with voice commands
The remote control includes a microphone and Thanks to the Google Assistant, we can do voice searches. Just hold down the assistant button on the control panel and make a request. With that in mind, we can search for apps for movies and interact with the assistant for any other query as if it were the phone.
Assign a controller for games
I have to admit that this is the option that interests me least, but it is a great alternative for the video game enthusiast. And the thing is, with Chromecast we can only play with Android TV or Google TV Connect a controller via bluetooth. The process is pretty straightforward.
- Enter the ” The settings “ of the Chromecast.
- Enter the section “Controls and Accessories”.
- Click on “Link Controller or Accessories”.
- Pair the controller.
At the top you will find a small area that shows the Chromecast remote’s charge level. We can check the charging status, change the name, check if there is an update, or delete it.
Create a watch list
With the large number of streaming platforms we have access to, it is particularly useful that we can create a watch list. We can select films, series, documentaries for Add them to a watchlist by simply pressing and holding the middle button of the control and activate the option “Add to list”.
Take screenshots on Google TV It’s exactly the same as it is on Android TV. A very simple process when we have the Button Mapper app. Here you have explained it in detail and now I will summarize it:
- We open it with the app downloaded from the Google Play Store.
- We add the button that we want to use.
- We indicate the function we want to activate from the list it offers us and we choose the impulse.
- We go to the “Settings” of Google TV in the “System” section.
- We enter “Accessibility” and activate “Button Mapper” in the “Services” section.
- Developer: flar2
- Download it on: Google play
- Price: publication
- Category: Adaptation
Sending and receiving content from a mobile phone
Imagine you want to move an APK from a cell phone to a TV, but also Send photos, multimedia files … You can do this with the EasyJoin Go TV app when you install it on the Chromecast and on the phone. Both work on the same Wi-Fi network. You can send any file from Chromecast to mobile devices and vice versa. Easier impossible.
- Developer: EasyJoin
- Download it on: Google play
- Price: 2.36 euros
- Category: Tools
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