Google’s Chromecast device which allows wireless streaming from your Android device to your TV will reportedly launch in March. UK retailer Currys has confirmed that they will be stocking the device from March 1st, this is the provisional date for now.
Since now the Chromecast had only been available in the US and selected parts of Europe, streaming a small selected variety of apps such as Hulu and Netflix. However an update was released in December bringing extra content support such as Pandora, Plex, Realplayer Cloud, Vevo, Viki and Revision 3. The UK version will have a different selection of apps that are so far unknown.
Google updated Chromecast in the 4.4.1 filmware upgrade to include a mirroring feature, which is a huge deal. Being able to project the display of your Android device on to your TV wirelessly is not an easy thing to find, Apple TV being one of the only devices with that capability. Simply plug Chromecast into an HDMI port and connect via a Wi-Fi network to stream.
For now we have a date penciled in for a UK Chromecast release, well for Currys anyway who confirmed the news to The Next Web. We do not have any pricing details confirmed but seeing as the accessory cost only $35 in the US, we could predict a price of roughly £30. This is extremely good value for money given Chromecast’s broad functionality, costing almost 3 times less than Apple TV.
Now that we have a reasonable date to work towards we expect to hear a few more details soon, hopefully with a solid price, release date and information on all of the various apps and services that Chromecast will bring to the UK.
Will you be picking one up for your Android device when it launches?