Apps for Chromecast is not, in fact, apps for Chromecast. It sounds just as an exquisite paradox as Magritte’s Ceci n’est pas une pipe. Not being functional (in media sense) and not even requiring the actual Chromecast around, it delivers a great variety of apps that grow more useful when broadcasted to your TV.
Design and Usability 7/10
It takes some time to load the catalogue as you launch the app for the first time. Then it takes seconds or less. Its structure is quite basic; luckily, it’s not overloaded with section and features as many as six of them.
You don’t even need an actual Chromecast to start with this app. Even more: it makes sense to first install Apps for Chromecast, then browse through it and decide which apps you actually need with it, and then buy (or not buy) the device.
Key Functions 7/10
Hey, don’t expect much from it. Apps for Chromecast is not actually a set of apps. It’s not even an independent store. It’s just a catalogue that redirects you to Play Store when you decide to install something that caught your eye. There is also a review for every app here, so when you run into something unfamiliar, you can read about it and see screenshots immediately.
Most of the apps you will meet here are nothing exclusive. You even may already have some of them installed, like, say, Netflix or Disney+. But as you explore a little deeper, you can be rewarded with something unexpected. For example, I found a free catalog of old Hollywood movies (named Oldies but Goldies) by the same developer, and you don’t actually need Chromecast; you can install this app and watch them on your phone or tablet. And I didn’t dig really deep to discover this. It took me one tap to go to “Latest Apps” to discover it. Other sections feature music apps (like online radios), Videos/Movies (got it), photo-centric apps, games, tools, and a search section where you can just enter the name or the keyword.
Security & App Purchases 8/10
The app itself is free; yet when it redirects you to Google Play, the apps you find there may either be paid or require subscription (like those aforementioned). In fact, most of them do. It doesn’t require any personal data and doesn’t have any special permissions, so hardly is it a hole for leaks. All it may expose is your preferences when it comes to all-legal streaming apps, approved by Google Play. So, despite its somehow suspicious purpose, it doesn’t bite.
There’s nothing necessary about this app, even if you already have your Chromecast plugged in. Nevertheless, it may help you discover some stuff you wouldn’t think about when left all alone on Google Play. The app is quite a parasite, but there is something edible to get from it.