Google is doing a lousy job at making its products available internationally, and the Chromecast dongle is no exception. Luckily, Amazon offers a simple and affordable alternative.
The retail giant now offers the Chromecast for $35, with international availability including UK, Germany, and other European countries, as well as Australia. While we can’t verify it, Amazon appears to be shipping Google’s streaming stick without restrictions around the world. Shipping costs and local taxes apply.
The Chromecast, which Google released in late July along the Nexus 7, lets users “fling” media content played on compatible apps from Android devices to HDMI-equipped television sets. The device proved very successful, thanks to its low price tag and straightforward functionality. Developers have been hard at work hacking the Chrome-based dongle, opening up some interesting new possibilities, such as the ability to play local content.
Until now, users outside the States who wished to buy a Chromecast had to go through the hassle of using shipping forwarding services or arranging the purchase through a local friend.
There’s still a caveat with the Amazon offering though – the Chromecast app, which lets you set up and manage the settings of your device, is still US-only, so you will have to procure the .apk yourself, though that shouldn’t be too hard.