I know I have seen several Chromecast units at my local ChinaMart, and I also know, they have been there for quite some time too.
What puzzles me is this.
If Google provided an update to lock up the module, would those remaining modules on the store's shelves be a prior issue, and not updated before they were shipped out?
I would spend the $35.00 if I had some information on the actual update date/time, so if there would be a way to check for this on the device's box, to see if and when they shipped with or without this update.
I have looked at this device many times, and almost bought one, but decided against it after reading the reviews on it.
As a tinker toy, it would be worth the learning cost, as a serious media device, well, that is yet to be seen.
Thanks for all your assistance and generous efforts getting this unlocked and shared with so many!