Google’s Chromecast is an incredibly easy and affordable way to start enjoying streaming content on your HDTV, and while its initial smartphone integration was limited to a handful of select apps, the new Cast SDK could start greatly expanding upon how many apps support the accessory, and we’ve even seen progress towards making Chromecast into a more general-purpose tool, directly mirroring Android’s screen. With so much to like about Chromecast, we’re also quite aware of the few places it tends to drop the ball, and for many potential owners out there, the biggest one is the dongle’s limited availability. The good news is that the situation should be changing very soon, with broad international availability set to get started in the next few weeks.
We had already heard a little about plans for making Chromecast available outside the US, but so far we’d been looking at just a country or two. This new development, as revealed by Sundar Pichai at SXSW over the weekend, promises to make Chromecast available to a far wider audience.
How many nations? We can’t yet say, but the gist we get here is very much “more than a handful.” Hopefully, we’ll have an exhaustive list before the month’s out.