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After launching the streaming device across the E.U. in March, Google has announced that the Chromecast will be available for sale in South Korea starting today — the first time the dongle has been made available in Asia.

In addition to the ability to cast content from iOS, Android, Mac and Windows devices, Google is partnering with domestic streaming services Tving and Hoppin to give Korean users access to tens of thousands of TV shows, movies and videos.

South Korean users consume more media on their smartphones than users from other countries, as Google mentions that 80 percent of YouTube views in South Korea come from mobile devices, which is twice as high as the global average of 40 percent. It is likely that the strong mobile usage was a factor in Google's decision to prioritize the launch of the Chromecast in the Korean market.

The Chromecast has been a mainstay on Amazon's bestseller charts ever since it debuted last year, and has won the "Gadget of the Year" award from Time magazine. The device retails for 49,900 won, which comes out to $49, and is currently available on Google's dedicated Chromecast site.

Source: Google Asia Pacific

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Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor covering Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone manufacturers, and writes about the semiconductor industry, storage servers, and audio products. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • Let's hope Samsung hasn't already created a South Korean exclusive copy of Chromecast first. Should it be called a Galaxy Cast of course. Lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • Fuck. Yes.
  • Hello? Canada here? Hellloooooooo? Posted via Android Central App
  • I can imagine how you feel being consistently ignored.
    However, when I read your comment calling out to be noticed, I laughed out loud at work. On the other hand, I expect; by now your Patience level should be high ;)
  • Pardon my ignorance, but why don't you just get it from the States?