Google is finally letting Chromecast out of the United States, some eight months after being launched. The device will now be available in 11 more countries.
A few weeks ago, rumor had it that Chromecast was going to be introduced in the United Kingdom, but it looks like the company was preparing a much lengthier list. Starting now, people in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom will be able to purchase the device straight from Google’s store.
Over the elapsed period since the dongle was launched in the United States, it has grown rapidly, with more and more apps being compatible with it, including YouTube, Google Play Movies, Play Musc, Netflix, HBO Go and more.
Since the developer kit has been released, more apps will surely be launched by individual creators in the coming months. Over 3,000 developers have signed up already to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast, which means that more TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and games are on their way.
On top of this, Google says it has been working with local content providers to bring even more movies and TV shows to Chromecast. That being said, along with the current rollout in multiple nations, the device will come with compatibility for BBC iPLayer in the UK, TV Pluzz and SFR TV in France, while CANALPLAY is coming soon. In Germany, Watchever is already available, while Maxdome will be added soon.
Those who are interested in purchasing Chromecast will be able to look for the device in a number of locations, including Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Media Markt and other retailers.
Of course, it should be mentioned that Chromecast had already been available in numerous European nations via various sellers who got the device from overseas. However, the fact that Chromecast can be bought straight from Google Play will most likely lower the prices in several of these countries.
Chromecast was launched in July last year and was selling for $35. It soon disappeared from shelves everywhere as people bought them in bulk and started selling the dongles on eBay for a profit. In the beginning, Chromecast came with 3 months of free Netflix access, but that promotion ended quickly.
Basically, it can be used to cast content from a series of devices, including smartphones, tablets and desktop computers straight to the big-screen TV over Wi-Fi. So far, the content that users could cast was limited to services and various websites, but soon, it’s going to be possible to do the same for personal files as well, thanks to the incoming new apps.