Google Chromecast is available in India as the web giant opened sales of its popular media streaming dongle via Play Store.
The tiny media streamer is listed on the Play Store for the same price as it was when first launched in India via Snapdeal. After a little over a month, shoppers finally have the chance to grab the plug-in device from both Snapdeal and Google Play by paying ₹2,999.
As per the product's listing on Play Store, Chromecast leaves the warehouse 1-2 w/days after placing the order and arrival is estimated somewhere between 3-10 business days. Associated partners for delivery in India are Fedex, Blue Dart, Aramex, First Flight and Gati. Customers must complete the payment of the device using Google Wallet. First time set-up will require a credit or debit card.
Google launched its highly-capable Chromecast dongle to its US audience back in 2013. The international availability of the media streamer was unknown at the time, but launching Chromecast in developing countries like India certainly opens greater opportunities. Using Chromecast, users can transform their HDTV into a smart TV.
Chromecast has several benefits such as direct streaming of HD movies, videos, music. It can be controlled using a smartphone, tablet or Chrome browser on laptop or a computer. The dongle brings several apps like YouTube, Google Play Movies, Eros Now, Rdio, Spuul and Yupp TV to Indians so it can stream viewers' favourite content.
The dongle works more than just a media streamer as content from apps and Chrome browser can also be streamed directly into the TV using Chromecast. Some of the other listed apps supported by Chromecast include CastOnTV Instagram, Wuaki.TV, Plex, BlinkBox for Chromecast, BT Sport, NowTV and BubbleUPnP.
Requirements and Set-up
To get started with Chromecast, viewers must have a home Wi-Fi connection, a TV with at least one HDMI port and a controlling device such as iOS or Android smartphone, tablet or a laptop. With all this, the set-up is as simple as three steps.
- Simply plug Chromecast into the HDMI port of the television
- Connect to Wi-Fi
- Start streaming or casting videos from smartphone or other compatible devices.
The cheap price for the dongle will make an appealing stand among Indian consumers. Compared to its US price, Chromecast in India costs slightly expensive ($49 vs $35).
Chromecast is available for purchase on Google Play Store.