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Google Chromecast going on sale globally in coming weeks

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 11 Mar 2014 0:14 User comments (9)

Google Chromecast going on sale globally in coming weeks Google has confirmed that its popular Chromecast HDMI dongle will be headed to "many more countries" in the next month.
Android/Chrome boss Sundar Pichai, speaking during the company's SXSW keynote, noted the timetable for the global releases.

Pinchai noted that sales were in the "millions" of units, and unit sales growth has continued rapidly.

Google recently made the SDK available to developers, so the device's limited applications should see an increase in the near future. A global expansion should help in that department, as well.

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9 user comments

111.3.2014 8:43

The idea of using these as a wireless HDMI option to stream video to a TV is very cool, and in a few instances on YouTube I was actually able to get it to work. It was really cool, and the audio was like magic cuz it could provide what someone would say about 30 seconds before their lips even moved, which was so not annoying, I think people like to know whats coming. I tried casting a video to it from my laptop so as to compare the quality, as my TV and Laptop both have the same screen resolution. I gotta hand it to those Google engineers and their retro styling, these wizards have found a way taking your pristine HD videos and somehow, through magic again no doubt, they give it back to you in a more film-like look.....a really grainy film. I certainly appreciate their attempt to go old school there, and the way it kept stopping and trying to buffer, and then forgot what it was doing and just froze, that takes me back too, its like when you first got a dial up modem and you were almost done downloading a pam anderson booby pic when gosh darn it, your call waiting kicked you right off of AOL, so you answer the phone all pissed off and say "Goddamn edited by ddp Google, what the edited by ddp were you thinking when you decided yeah, I think people will like this if we tell them it's the newest tech out, even though it's actually made with some old obsolete chips that are abundantly available since everyone else already moved on to the next gen chips. And why not, it edited by ddp worked for Apple".

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Mar 2014 @ 14:33

211.3.2014 10:59

No thanks. There is better dongles out there.


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311.3.2014 11:36

I wish I could find someone to sell this crap to now. I have to hype it up like google did.



411.3.2014 11:53

yeah I have one. Great for Netflix and Amazon. All I use it for.
Like my Roku 3 on the other set MUCH better!


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511.3.2014 12:30

Originally posted by seths:
The idea of using these as a wireless HDMI option to stream video to a TV is very cool, and in a few instances on YouTube I was actually able to get it to work. It was really cool, and the audio was like magic cuz it could provide what someone would say about 30 seconds before their lips even moved, which was so not annoying, I think people like to know whats coming. I tried casting a video to it from my laptop so as to compare the quality, as my TV and Laptop both have the same screen resolution. I gotta hand it to those Google engineers and their retro styling, these wizards have found a way taking your pristine HD videos and somehow, through magic again no doubt, they give it back to you in a more film-like look.....a really grainy film. I certainly appreciate their attempt to go old school there, and the way it kept stopping and trying to buffer, and then forgot what it was doing and just froze, that takes me back too, its like when you first got a dial up modem and you were almost done downloading a pam anderson booby pic when gosh darn it, your call waiting kicked you right off of AOL, so you answer the phone all pissed off and say "Goddamn edited by ddp Google, what the edited by ddp were you thinking when you decided yeah, I think people will like this if we tell them it's the newest tech out, even though it's actually made with some old obsolete chips that are abundantly available since everyone else already moved on to the next gen chips. And why not, it edited by ddp worked for Apple".
LOL you took all the wording right out of my mouth man, I feel the exact same way, full of disappointment. The Roku stick is the experience that I'm looking for, I just wish I had a time machine to go back and slap myself for buying this dumb item in the first place.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 Mar 2014 @ 14:34

611.3.2014 14:58

Roku isn't crap, but I'd rather have one of the new HTPC-on-a-stick dongles anyway. They come in Linux and Android flavors, most run XBMC just fine (or other media software), and stream just fine. It's also not difficult to get Netflix, HBOtoGo, Hulu, Youtube, and all the rest working. As a side benefit, you have full control of the apps available, with no bloat.

711.3.2014 22:00

I was actually thinking about getting one of these..Good thing I read this thread first. Thanks for saving me $30, AD addicts!

812.3.2014 0:45

I sure I already wrote a comment here but it seems not to have appeared. So at the risk of double posting here I go again...

Aussies will buy this in droves... even though it wont run most of it's apps (like Netflix etc.) <sigh>



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912.3.2014 13:09

Originally posted by DarthMopar:
I was actually thinking about getting one of these..Good thing I read this thread first. Thanks for saving me $30, AD addicts!
Trust me you just saved yourself 30 bucks, go for the roku stick instead. You cant even stream netflix without having a phone or laptop to use with chromeapp installed.


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