Google has promised that the Chromecast would be available in more countries within weeks… and it looks like one of those countries will be the UK.
An employee at UK retailer Currys/PCWorld posted a photo on Twitter showing a box of Chromecast media streaming devices that showed up at his store in advance of the official launch.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Looks like the Google Chromecast is will go on sale in the UK soon
Google’s tiny media streaming device lets you use your phone, tablet, or computer web browser as a remote control for streaming content from online video sites to a TV. Plenty of developers have found other uses as well, including mirroring your phone’s display to your TV or even playing games on your TV. [OMG Chrome]
- Report: Microsoft offers Windows Phone license free-of-charge to some Indian phone makers
Windows Phone may not be free as in speech, but for at least some phone makers it appears to be free as in beer… making it a bit more attractive as an alternative to the also-free Google Android. [Times of India]
- Plex media server brings free Chromecast support to all
Up until now you needed to be a Plex Pass subscriber to stream content to a Chromecast. You’ll still need to pay $5 for the mobile app if you want to use your phone to stream content from Plex to Chromecast with your phone or tablet. [Plex]
- Next-gen Xiaomi Redmi phone has an octa-core CPU
Xiaomi’s Redmi brand is reserved for its entry-level phones, which suggests this will be a cheap model. The 720p screen is also a giveaway. [Engadget]
- Chrome OS on-screen keyboard dev channel update brings a tray icon, tapping sounds
There are only two Chromebooks with touchscreens so far, but it looks like Chrome OS is getting more touchy feely which suggests more could be on the way… along with Chrome tablets, perhaps? [+François Beaufort]
- The Asus Chromebox with Core i3 Haswell won’t ship until April, but there’s already one review
The Asus Chromebox with an Intel Celeron 2955U Haswell CPU ships this week, and we’ve already reviewed it. But in April it’ll be joined by a higher-priced model with a Core i3-4010U Haswell CPU. At least one review for that model’s also been posted. [Hot Hardware]
- Onyx working on an 8 inch, 1600 x 1200px eReader
Because 6 inch, 1024 x 758 pixel displays are so 2013… [The Digital Reader]
- LG G3 (D850) smartphone could have 2560 x 1440px display
Because 1920 x 1080 pixel smartphones are so 2013… [reddit and @evleaks]