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Turning Old OG Pixel into Home Controller

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By dearsergio, Junior Member on 7th July 2019, 11:28 PM
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Hey everyone!

I've got an old OG Pixel I was thinking about turning into like a Smart Home controller. Basically, wiping it clean and putting only Smart Home related Applications on it. I have it in a case that has a magnet on the inside and I was thinking about mounting a magnet arm/holder to the couch in the living room as well as the headboard to the bed.

I was thinking I'd have all my streaming apps - Netflix, Spotify etc on there as well as VLC so I can remotely access my hard drive (are there any better alternatives to this? an app that can stream locally hosted files over Chomecast?), and stream my local files as well. I have a few Chromecasts as well as a Smart Screen and a Nest doorbell, which can all be controlled through this device.

Any other suggestions? Must have Smart Home apps/additions? Has anyone done this before? My only other thought was I should probably be using a Chromebook for this instead of a phone. Any other suggestions would be gladly accepted! Thanks everyone.
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