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Google made a whole lot of folks happy this week, particularly Chromecast owners, by finally opening up the SDK for the media stick to the public.

This means some of your favorite apps will likely be receiving updates in the near (or not so near, as the case may be) future allowing them to stream content to your television through your Chromecast. Exciting times, indeed. Support for the API on the user end was implemented in the recent Play Services 4.2 update, so you should be able to start using those apps that have already added Chromecast support immediately.

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For $35, there's not a lot you can complain about - the Chromecast is a surprisingly powerful little tool that remains the #1 best-seller in Amazon's electronics department with over 11,000 reviews. Suffice it to say, this thing's pretty popular.

However, even after promising international launches "soon" after the Chromecast was released in the US last summer, Google has still yet to make the device available abroad. We know a lot of you were probably having none of this and bought one abroad anyway, so that's part of the subject of today's poll: do you have a Chromecast, and did you have to buy it from a 3rd party because of Google's residency restrictions?

Do you have a Chromecast, and did you have to buy it from a 3rd party because you're outside the US?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • darkdude1

    I would if they would release it for international customers *cough**cough*.

  • Fabian Pineda

    I happen to live outside the US, but I can make purchases from the Play Store no problem. So I bought one and have a third party courier service deliver it for me. I think Google should push these hard into LATAM, where the cheapest Smart TV can go for as high as $2500 and people use them to just watch Youtube or whatever.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I agree. Google has a clear winner on its hands with this product, so I'm not sure why they're dancing around an international release. Maybe once the Chromecast app ecosystem is more robust now that the SDK is out there? Or they could be waiting on a gen 2 / gen 1.5. Either way, this would be stupid popular in any country with high taxes / limited availability for smart TVs / Roku-like apparatuses.

      • numpty

        "I'm not sure why they're dancing around an international release"

        The usual licensing reasons, no doubt.

        • Fabian Pineda

          Which licensing reasons would you say interfere with it? With retailers?

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        If they release it without BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD support in the UK - no-one will see the point of it, there is fierce (though arguably crappier) competition in the internet-on-tv / online-video-demand set-top-box market. It's odd really as there are so many ways to get these services (freesat, youview, smart tv's, smart dvd players, smart bluray players, skydigital+, etc the list goes on and on) and yet - if you launch a product without these services - people will laugh at it and move on. So Google are probably intelligent enough to know that at the bare minimum a UK Chromecast launch needs to support at the VERY LEAST BBC iPlayer and 4oD from day 1.

      • HolyFreakingCrap

        You should do a write up on how much data the Chromecast uses while sitting idle, thats a story!

  • Zachary Huffman

    I was lucky enough to be visiting Maine when it was released, so I got one when I was there. I live in Canada.

  • jamesfuston

    Picked up a Vizio M551d-A2R with my tax return and set up HBO for True Detective and GoT S04. The apps on the TV don't include HBO GO, so I snagged a Chromecast. Purchased from Best Buy for convenience.

  • Danny Holyoake

    Amazon UK was selling it 'officially' (with Google as the listed seller). It even shipped with Amazon Prime!

    Google needs to hurry up with its international push. Google is, hands down, the WORST tech-giant when it comes to international availability. Apple and Microsoft completely destroys Google in that department.

    • outadoc

      I was thinking about that the other day, but the same applies to their web products. If the web is supposed to be the same for everybody, HOW COME WE HAVE THE NEW FEATURES LIKE 6 MONTHS AFTER EVERYBODY

      EDIT: it seems it's also sold officially on Amazon France, so that's really good to know, thanks for the hint.

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  • bungadudu

    I have a chromecast but I have no real user for it..
    Sending photos/video/music to your TV was already available for years via dlna!

    What I still hope will happen (now with the public sdk etc) is that more good apps will allow to cast different content. Apps like spotify, tunein radio, Ted etc.
    & also more formats! Would be great if we could cast documents! Pptx !
    Moar formats!

    Why isn't this possible yet?
    Why isn't screen mirroring possible yet?

    Apple has airplay which works great, why can't google do the same for us? (given the openness of android and it being oriented more on tinkerers..)

    • numpty

      "Sending photos/video/music to your TV was already available for years via dlna!"

      If you have a TV that supports DLNA, which most people don't.

    • irtechneo

      I have to agree but for different reasons. I could already send local content to my tv via dnla so no issue there. I was using it for youtube, netflix and google music. Ever since I got my xbox one however I rarely use the chromecast. Youtube and netflix are a lot easier on xbox especially since im already on that input and its just a simple voice command to launch those apps. Google music is now the only thing I use chromecast for. I really hope more great apps come out soon so I can use it more often. Tuneinradio would be great and I agree screen mirroring should have been there at launch.

  • Harvey Wippleman

    Chromecast officially go's on sale in the UK on March 1st, Curry's will be the retailer

    • Rob Johnson

      Google already said that's not true

      • Harvey Wippleman

        where did they say that?

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        I'm not convinced about that though. Curry's got the date from somewhere, and I gather they even had a product page online. IF the Chromecast is expected to be on sale on the 1st March, there will be shipments travelling to and from warehouses to stock retail outlets. Additionally there will likely be staff training (not that the Chromecast needs it) None of this stuff happens overnight - Google can protest as much as they want - but something was obviously leaked somewhere.

  • Rick Ramo

    I am in CONUS, but I won one in a web bloggers drawing and it was shipped from Australia.

  • serotheo

    Currently waiting on Gen 2 since I didn't pick one up originally during launch, not that I'm worried about it being outdated. Its just I don't have a TV or Monitor for 8 Months of the year (Living on a Campus Apt.), so I'll probably pick up the 2nd Gen during the coming Summer and enjoy it, as well as bring down my TV.

  • Nicholas Isacsson

    The 3rd party suppliers are selling them for over $70 in Sweden. That's a lot more than I'd like to pay

  • Tuấn Ankh

    I have one. I use it only for Youtube now, but that's already worth the money. It plays 1080p videos beautifully and smoothly on HDTV without a single problem. All the bands I like publish their MVs on their official youtube channels, so yeah, it's wonderful!!!!!!!!!!

  • BlackT5

    Just picked up my second one today. Too funny you ran this poll.

  • Johannes

    33€ in Germany through Amazon... bought it immediatly ;)

  • Sergio

    Nice product, but I'll only buy it if finally supports direct mirroring (Miracast, DLNA, etc). Lots of places where I go have a TV but not a (good) WIFI network.

  • MrWicket

    I bought one at launch but had to return it because my receiver is too old so the HDMI doesn't switch audio.. someday I'll pick up another cause at $35 everyone and their mother should have one.

  • WenZh1

    Ive bought the chromecast for 33 Euros this week on the german amazon :D . but now it cost 56 euros.

  • sweenish

    It should be "yes and," not "yes but."

  • Alan Shearer

    Had my parents who live in the states buy it and send it to me. Was funny, customs here in argentina (Customs agency here in argentina, along with the governments, are assholes who should all be shot and hung, yes you, christina you whoring bitch, leave office) looked at it not knowing what it is.

    Love this device, deserves all the praise it receives.

  • Pete

    Got it for 40 euros in the Netherlands. Appears to be new but came without a box. Either this guy is getting them sent from the USA unboxed to save weight, or the darn thing is made in China :-)
    Works fint though!

  • Jon Temple

    its $5 cheaper on amazon, and it comes with free 2 day shipping if you have prime. how come thats not a poll option?

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    I've bought 4 so far via Amazon and I'm in the UK. There were quite a few 3rd party sellers who have imported them but they are shipped from an Amazon warehouse - meaning the delivery time is similar to being sold by Amazon directly. 2 of the Chromecasts are for me and the other 3 were Xmas presents. We have consumed 375GB on our Broadband and 125GB via Mobile tethering because of Netflix on the Chromecast - but my god is it worth it. Much more important - our local on demand tv service - BBC iPlayer has crap picture quality and oodles of buffering and yet Netflix happily delivers 2 simultaneous gloriously HD streams which BBC iPlayer spends so much time buffering that it takes 50 minutes to watch a 30 minute TV programme (and pixelates like mad if someone sneezes near it)

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    $75 in Ukraine, I also don't have HDMI-capable TV.

  • Dalibor Kollár

    Costs $70 where I live, took some 4 or 5 months until it was available here. For $35 I would buy it on spot, but since things are the way they are, I don't care anymore.

  • selonmoi

    I picked mine up last time I was in the US (I live in Canada and have family and occasional business in the US, so it happens reasonably often).

    What a great little device! I use it all the time for Netflix, YouTube, and now Plex. Radio is coming soon, too, which is really the last thing I'm anxiously awaiting.

    I have to agree: Google is just dismal with international rollouts, both for physical products and online content/features. In Canada, we have it better than most, but it's still infuriating. Especially when it comes to Google Play Music.

  • Tucker

    I have one on every TV in my house. So simple and easy to use, my 5 year old daughter watches Netflix on whichever TV she is at and all it took was 5 minutes of explanation from me (Using symbols like * and <3 when naming the device, then tell her which symbol match to which TV). There are many ways to access Netflix, but I have found nothing else that is so simple for a child to use.

    I really wish that more apps would add this. Many developers have said all they are waiting on is Google. Now that it is released I'm hoping to see many additions this upcoming week, hoping that will give devs enough time to test with their app.

    • irtechneo

      Yeah excellent use case scenario there. My daughter learned it in less than 5 minutes and I even bought one for my mother in law for xmas and she has no issues using it either. Very simple to use for folks who are not too good with technology.

  • TheUndertaker21

    I have it and I WON it through a giveaway from US, I am the only one who own a chromecast in my country! believe it or not!

    • Captain Literal

      How small is your country for you to know everyone that lives in it and confirm that they don't own one?

      • TheUndertaker21

        of the same size as your VAGINA =D

  • TheUndertaker21

    ADD another option to the poll writing '' YES, I won it through a giveaway!! ''

  • Eddy

    I bought mine in December, I'm extremely happy with it especially since I was able to use Real Cloud Player with it also now if if you could use it to turn my TV into my Screen for my Android games like Deer Hunter 2014, or Real Racing 3, Fruit Ninja that would be the Bomb

  • Android Developer

    Does anyone know what the new SDK brings? What features ?
    Can it now receive any kind of video/audio/image/whatever from any app ?
    Can it also allow live streaming from what the device shows ?
    Can it allow streaming of content even while the device is asleep ?

  • RottenRonnie

    If i bought a chromecast in USA in 2 months whilst i am there would it be any use to me in Australia ? MTIA

  • Nick

    Absolutely LOVE my Chromecast. Use it all the time for YouTube videos.

  • Kaero

    I picked up a Chromecast when I happened to be in the US this past summer. Popped into a best buy and they were hanging on a shelf so I figured I'd get one and take it home to Canada with me :)

  • Aravind J Nampoothiry

    In India where we have crap internet speeds,all of these are useless

    • Sarang Pitale

      It doesn't require internet to stream local contents from mobile/tablet/pc to TV via chromecast.

      • Aravind J Nampoothiry

        YouTube?Chrome?

      • sterpazook

        Youtube works like a charm (sometimes little bit lagging). But when I'm using Nexus5+Chromecast+AllCast via Zyxel ADSL/WiFi router it's almost impossible to watch 1080p videos I made with Nexus 5 because off awful lag. Pictures also load very slowly. Is it router problem?

    • Roh_Mish

      I have a good connection but the latency is high and YouTube takes forever to start. The latency is biggest problem for me.

  • Martin

    I bought my Chromecast on eBay, and if you live in Canada like me or elsewhere, I strongly advise to look there if you want one. I had mine for 45$ US, free shipping, brand new!

  • Mado

    ~USD70 from importer here. Always sold out, though.

  • Ugalde97

    Paid 50$ to a friend who bought 15 of them to sell them here on Costa Rica, he sold all of them the 1st day.

  • mrjayviper

    option5. I don't live in the US but I won one from a local Android blog site! :D

  • http://www.emuparadise.me/roms-isos-games.php Apple is a patent troll

    No, I don't have one and I don't need it either because I don't have unlimited data to waste.

  • cadster

    I can't answer any of the poll questions correctly. I bought mine from Amazon UK store. Simple as that!!

  • Boothy

    Whilst I concur wholeheartedly with Danny H below about Google international rollouts, I can only assume that they were holding it back until just after the SDK was released.
    Reason being, whilst Google is happy to work with companies to get US content to the Chromecast, they have no interest in international apps, so had to get the SDK out there to was their hands of any responsibility for international content apps.
    I got one imported to the UK for £32 (including shipping), which I didn't think was too bad (I reckon UK retails price will be £29.99).
    Considering the popularity of Android and Google products outside the USA (where Apple maintains a high popularity) their supports for international markets is lazy at best.
    I would have bought a Google Play edition S4, and the LG 8", but no-go outside the US.

  • http://volumeboy-man.bandcamp.com/ VBM

    I bought one from Best Buy back in September. I didn't want to wait on shipping, when the store was 20 mins away and the price was the same-minus the shipping.

  • WORPspeed

    You are missing an option:

    Yes, I have a chromecast and bought it from Best Buy whilst on my vacation since I don't live in the US

  • giant22000

    I bought one film a best buy mobile store this part week and was able to find a 3919 serial number, so now I've got a rooted chrome cast running Eureka ROM!

  • Erik Tomlinson

    I can't buy it as a Canadian, and when I was in Vegas for a vacation (September '13) all the stores we stopped at were sold out of 'em. D'oh!

  • shonangreg

    I live in Japan and bought two of them from amazon and had my parents send them to me. I've rarely used them since then, though. Google has been very slow in opening up the API. There were a half-dozen apps within a few weeks, and then nothing for six months.

    I do have hulu Japan, but the player is still not Chromecast enabled, months after the US app was ready.

  • Mocca

    I don't even understand what Chromecast is for. Seems it not really useful in my case.

    We have crappy internet speed at home. A real crappy one. I use WDTV Live for all media playing on our TV, so we downloaded some video from internet first, then stream to wdtv using home network.

  • Alphajoe

    I assume in Germany you just don't have many reasons as of now to buy one. Most of the services are either not officially available (Netflix, Beats Music etc.) or the services don't offer Chromecast support (*cough* Spotify *cough*).

    Would be definitely considering it though, if that should change.

  • CJ

    picked one up last week after the sdk news dropped. ive been addicted to it ever since.

  • jtxl

    If I am using my computer to stream video/tv shows and using adblock plus, will this work? I honestly wouldn't want it even for free if I had to sit through ads. Do you ave to buy aps to be able to stream from the computer?