The Chromecast is a great little streaming stick, but it really makes you work. The Roku Streaming Stick comes with a remote and the familiar Roku channel store, so it’s abundantly clear what works with the stick and how to get it. But the remote-less Chromecast is controlled by compatible apps on Android and iOS phones and tablets, or compatible websites in the Chrome browser. If you don’t know what apps work with your Chromecast, you might only be using it to a fraction of its true abilities.
Thanks to an open SDK, the holes in the platform are starting to fill in. Some devs are even experimenting with simple games and collaborative drawing apps; we included a couple that have potential. If we missed your favorite Chromecast app, please let us know in the comments!