Google officially launched the popular Chromecast video streaming tool outside the US, and it is available in 11 different countries such as Canada, UK and 9 other European countries. As you can see, Chromecast has been made available for the rest of the world and now, not only the Americans can take advantage of this great service.
This was quite predicted since the video streaming dongle gained a high level of popularity in the territory of US with sales that reached millions. Starting with Tuesday, Google’s Chromecast is available in Canada, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.
As some of you already know, Chromecast was introduced last year in US, and it has gained popularity mostly for its attractive price and impressive features. In the United States, the dongle was sold for $35, and it offered high-quality streaming services from the famous Netflix, Hulu, and even Google Play, among other popular services through various compatible mobile apps. Moreover, with Chromecast, users are also able to stream content such as music from Google’s own Chrome browser.
In case you wonder who this tiny device streams music from on your tablet, smartphone, PC, or Mac, let me offer you some insights. First of all, as the picture displays, Google’s Chromecast is pretty much as an USB storage device. The tiny dongle is plugged into the HDMI port of the television set and streams content right from your smart device or computer onto a big screen.
According to Mario Queiroz, the VP of product management at Chromecast, has revealed the fact that the company will be adding some new products to improve the streaming service and to make Chromecast more desirable. It seems that Chromecast will get new apps such as BBC iPlayer in the U.K., France TV Pluzz, and SFR TV in France with Canalplay coming soon, and Watchever in Germany, with Maxdome coming soon.
If you remember, earlier this month, Google has unlocked its Chromecast software development kit for all developers, which brings an increased number of TV shows, movies, videos, music, games, and even sports. As far as Google is concerned, more than 3,000 developers have signed with the big search engine in order to bring their apps to Chromecast. As you may imagine, a high number of developers mean more apps and games for us.
In the same time, Google has expanded its Chromecast support in order to bring compatibility for iOS devices, in addition to Android tablets and smartphones. This has increased the number of Chromecast devices sold considerably, and the number is still increasing.
In case you are interested, Google’s affordable video streaming will be available in al of the already mentioned countries from Amazon, Google Play, Curries PC world, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn, Media Markt, and other retailers. As far as the retail price is concerned, in UK, Google’s Chromecast costs £30 ($49), in the rest of the European countries is €35, and in Canada is $39 respectively.