One of the most common complaints against Google's Play Store is the lack of certain content or functionality in countries outside the US. Google has been making progress in expanding access to other corners of the globe, though. You may remember, for example, that Play Books hit France just last month after Play Movies opened for the French in March and for Spain in June.

Today, Google (finally) brought Play Movie rentals to Germany, much to the delight of German users who have been asking for more Play content for quite some time. Strangely, the addition of movie rentals to the German market came without an official announcement, but was confirmed by multiple Twitter users and our own readers.

Giving German users even more to be excited about, Google officially announced that Google+ Hangouts On Air are now available to Germany, along with a host of other countries including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Greece, Romania, and Senegal. Oh, and Ghana.

While we can't be certain that the opening of Play Movie rentals to Germany is a precursor to the addition of even more Play Store content (as one hopeful tweeter suggests above), it's definitely a good sign that Google's European Play offerings are continuing to expand. For more information on the spread of Hangouts On Air through Europe, click through to Google Deutschland's product blog below.

Source: Google Deutschland Product Blog

Liam Spradlin
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  • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

    And it seems like Google still can't give us what we really want: Google Music. Licensing issues aside, they are in a position to penetrate some markets that Apple hasn't tried to enter. It's only been a month or two since iTunes' music store was made available in the Philippines but it would've been so much better if Google beat them to it.

    • Thomas

      Unfortunately it appears that there's some major blackmailing going on behind the scenes regarding Google Music.

      The amount of stupid features and DRM they have to implement is pretty insane.

  • Thomas

    Should've been a few hundred miles to the north instead :(

  • http://twitter.com/ebEVid ebEVid

    Nice that it finally arrived, but is there any way to get the movies in english instead of the dubbed german versions? Living in germany doesn't mean I like my german flick.

    • KayUrban

      I feel you mein Bruder!

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Official confirmation of movies in Germany: http://twitter.com/Android/status/236517399883546624