Got a dog bite? Maybe a bee sting? Perhaps you're just feeling sad? Google's got a little mid-week pick-me-up in the form of a sizeable giveaway. To promote the new look of the Play Store and the Google Play Twitter account, they're giving away ten Nexus 10 tablets, seven Nexus 7 tablets, four Nexus 4 phones, and no less than a hundred $10 gift cards to the Google Play Store. Unfortunately for our international readers, the sweepstakes is only for US residents.


To enter, you'll need to follow the Google Play Twitter account (@GooglePlay), then tweet out one of your favorite things (copper kettles, woolen mittens, unlocked devices with AOSP software builds) with the hashtag #favoritethings. Include a link to a relevant item on the Play Store. Then fill out the short entry form at this link, including your Twitter username, email address, and a link to the tweet.

It's a bit surprising that the Google Play folks would use Twitter as their promotional vehicle of choice, since Google's got its social network. You know, the one that's actually integrated into the Google Play Store, and provides an easy mechanism for tagging items of interest. But since the Play Store Twitter account has just under 200K followers at the time of writing, as opposed to more than 1.5 million on Google+, maybe it's not that surprising after all.

Entries are due by 11:59PM PST on Wednesday, April 24th. Winners will be randomly selected on April 29th. Only one entry per person is allowed.

Google Play Favorite Things Sweepstakes

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Martin Nutbeem

    So international users should feel free to use the #favoritethings hashtag to tell @GooglePlay how much we appreciate being excluded then, yeah? Yeah!

    • Krisztián Kelemen

      good idea, let's make it trending in a negative way

      • QwietStorm

        And make it worse for the people entering, not Google, right?

    • Floss

      Talk to your legal representatives about making it not be such a ridiculous pain in the ass to do international giveaways. Or continue bitching about the result on forums. Either way.

      • Andrew

        Honestly I'm sure they could have included at least 1 other country in this giveaway. But as always they didn't and it's 'MURICA only.

        • Floss

          They probably could have, or they can choose not to spend money looking up the legal requirements of other countries and only concentrate on the one they already know. But your right, it can't be that, it must be the redneck factor.

          • Andrew

            The fact that you bring up saving money as a reason they did not bring this contest to any other countries is absolutely ridiculous. Google is a billion dollar company, and makes enormous revenues off of every Android user worldwide through their Google AdWords and AdSense. Money is an absolutely absurd reason for this exclusion.

          • Bartcore3

            Also, the fact that they are GIVING AWAY multiple devices defeats the purpose of saving money.

      • Martin Nutbeem

        Easy tiger, did you get out of bed on the wrong side @daneren2005:disqus ?

        Just saying, would be easy enough for this sort of marketing/fan gathering promo to backfire.

        I'll go back to lurking then.

        • Floss

          Or I'm tired of the 100 retarded troll comments about a subject that has already been explained into oblivion.

          • Guest

            Ok fair enough. Sorry fella, must be stressful.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        Most of AP's giveaways are international, it can't be that painful. Right, Artem?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      I have already done it: https://twitter.com/Inferno986retur/status/322115216106192898

      Thanks for the suggestion, I feel better now. :-)

    • Freak4Dell

      What's that you say? A US-based company doing a US giveaway? Stop the presses!

  • Andrew


    • TheUI

      Where you from bro? Jellistan?

  • X3R0

    Why no live for Canada? We Don't buy like Americans?

    • onpoint G

      "Why no live for Canada"....lol beats me

      • Robert Goddard

        Must be a bad translation from Canadian English to 'Murican English

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

          Or from Canadian French to Canadian English to 'Murican English. XD

  • Krisztián Kelemen

    for US... they have everything for half the price as the poorer countries, where people can't afford these gadgets...

    but let's give it to them for free, and let the other countries watch it! all hail google

    • Jeremiah Rice

      It's got more to do with lawyers than anything else. Expanding a contest/giveaway to another country means having to follow all the guiding laws in that country as well, which may be vastly different from (or even in direct contradiction to) US law. Having a giveaway in more than one country or region at one time is very rare.

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      • Adam

        If Android Police can manage it, I'm sure Google can, too. It's not like they're some dinky little company on a limited budget.

      • Krisztián Kelemen

        i'm not talking just about giveaways... i'm talking about availability of everything... even youtube videos...

  • http://twitter.com/krisflanary Kris Flanary

    They should have done 100 $100 gift cards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/HenriqueMelissopoulos Henrique Melissopoulos

    Only you guys rock INTERNATIONALLY.

  • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alankrut Patel

    So they aren't they doing this thru Google+ !??!

  • varun

    So I guess they're not accepting "Google Reader" as a valid entry? ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Google Reader got deprecated in favour of Google Currents. All they need is an online site and some tweaks.

      But I would write that for teh lulz.

  • http://twitter.com/GrumbleBunny JR

    As a former selected glass explorer, i have to ask. This isn't a contest to have a chance to buy one is it?

  • http://twitter.com/MatusKropuch Matúš Kropuch

    Damn Google and all it's "US only" stuff.

  • atlouiedog

    I imagine that the US only requirement is because this appears to be a Google Play specific sweeps which means it's being put on by a store. The American Google Play people are probably separate from those in other countries and regions. They deal with different music labels, different film distributors, etc. It's probably a separate entity from other stores and has different marketing people. It's not exclusionary, it's a US part of the business holding a sweepstakes for their customers.

  • Asanka Amarasinghe

    Google is always forgetting their international customers, who are the ones fueling the growth of android more than US customers... NICE GOING GOOGLE!!!

  • Humberto Hernandez

    This is one of the things i hate of google... their only US stuff... ¬¬

    Can i enter the contest if I can bring the prize (if I win) to my country on my own? I mean, if someone from usa gets it for me, or i pay somebody else to ship it to me?

  • Matthew Fry

    That took way too long. I hate Twitter.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bron84 Bronislav Shtrom

    I also hate Twitter, especially that neither the app nor the website will let me paste to it. I had to share to the Twitter app then add the rest of the required text manually. Horrible. *uninstalls Twitter*

  • brutalpanther

    Cmon google,I dont have nor do i want a twitter account.What happened to the good ole days of leave a comment and your email address.people do still use email,and a whole lot more than tweeting.

  • JAD88

    does the relevant item have to be the favorite thing?

  • imneveral0ne

    Pretty awesome of Google Took a bit longer than I would have liked, but free is free! Stop complaining people!

  • Robert Boyd

    As much as I'd like one of those devices I'm just not into twitter or Facebook or and other of the Social Marketing tools that are all the vogue now. Companies aren't people no matter what the SCOTUS said.

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  • RevolcFael4

    When do we get the results

    • melon3531

      Emails went out yesterday to the winners - I got one and I saw someone else who said they got one. Check your spam folder just in case (that's where mine landed). Otherwise if you did not get an email yesterday then you very likely did not win.