Chromecast now available in UK via Amazon

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Google is yet to put its Chromecast HDMI streaming device up for sale on Google Play in the UK. But fear not – the media dongle is now available from Amazon.

The product page was spotted by Android Central but it appears plenty of UK buyers have also taken notice as there are now only nine left in stock at time of writing.

The device costs £59.99 from the UK Amazon site.

So what’s Chromecast all about? It’s essentially a dongle which you plug into an HDTV and it’ll then allow you to stream film, TV, music and other content from an Android smartphone, tablet, a Chromebook, a Chrome-equipped PC or Mac, or an iPhone or iPad. It has built-in compatibility with a range of apps and services, including the Chrome browser, Google Play, Youtube and Netflix.

Essentially, it turns your TV into a Smart TV, and Google has designed the device to be as “plug-in-and-play” friendly as possible.

While this is all exciting stuff, it’s worth pointing out that Amazon’s price is a bit higher than some expected. In the US, Chromecast costs $35, which is considerably cheaper. We can expect Google to put the Chromecast on sale in the UK via Google Play at some point in the not-too-distant future and perhaps at a considerably lower price point.

In addition, it is still early days for the supported apps and content in the UK. There is reportedly a good amount of content already compatible via the officially supported apps, but it’s expected that once Google releases a final build of the GoogleCast SDK for developers many more apps and much more content will become available.

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