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Don't let anyone ever tell you that your opinion isn't worth anything. In fact, your thoughts are so valuable that Google is willing to pay you for them. Well, there are two caveats - you must live in the US, and you have to be fine with being paid in Google Play credit. But hey, when it comes to Android, that stuff is as good as cash.

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Users can spend Google Play credit on digital content in the Play Store, including apps, games, music, books, magazines, and videos. The app comes from Google Consumer Surveys, so expect questions to center around product usage and shopping habits. Surveys might ask your opinions on which logos are the most attractive or which tourist destination appeals to the most to you. A notification will pop up roughly once a week alerting you to presence of a new set of questions. It's nothing too taxing, and it could make for an easy way to pay for that 99 cent app you're dying to have.

Your responses will be anonymous, but you must still provide a Google Wallet account in order to get paid. An initial survey tests whether or not you are eligible to take part in the program, and in typical Google light-hearted fashion, it's not meant to be taken seriously. One of the questions might even give you a sense of déjà vu.

So if you're raring to pick up a free app or two in your free time, hit up the widget below.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. He now lives in the City of Bridges, adjusting to the presence of actual snow. His phone of choice is the HTC One.

  • Floris

    The newsstand app icon is in there, shouldn't be too long until Google officially releases it.

    on topic: I would love to have this app over here, in Europe as well.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Now it's Google's turn to be like

    • RitishOemraw

      Can't we just trade, my answers for more nexus/glass devices?

      • leo98918

        THIS!!!!! I wish Google would sell their Devices on the Play Store, Phone version, not web version. That would be pretty cool.

        • ltredbeard

          I still don't know why I can't order a device on the Play Store App....

          • Stuart Anderson

            you can go to the play store from the browser and buy devices (bought my N5 while at work that way).

          • ltredbeard

            Yes, I did that as well, but I'd rather just do it in the app. I had problems with chrome and then mozilla so I ended up using the stock browser.

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  • inzandity

    Not a huge fan of these new playboard.me links...especially because they are blocked by my companies web filter.

    • Andy Stetson

      Same here, i have to copy the link, paste it in the address bar, copy the package name, then modify a past play search, since i can't make my own search engine.
      And going to play then searching is just painfully slow.

    • Freak4Dell

      Is the entire widget blocked, or only the link to playboard.me? If only link, why even bother going to PlayBoard? Just go directly to Play by clicking on the green button.

  • J_Pod

    Just installed it and seriously Google, forced portrait mode on tablets?? Really?

  • Scott

    Just installed it and signed up. Apparently they ask questions to filter out the idiots lol.

    • Lexster

      Yup, one of the questions mentioned the Superbowl and then told me to enter the number 3 to make sure I'm paying attention.

      • Rovindra Singh

        Same here, lol. Just got my first survey and earned $1, I'm actually liking this.

        • xnifex

          I wish I would get an actual survey other than the initial one. I got the error about submitting results & then nothing after that

      • xnifex

        Mine asked about the Presidential Election & then had me click 5 stars to make sure I was paying attention.

        • Freak4Dell

          If Obama's approval rating jumps to 100% tomorrow, I think we know why. :p

  • Franklin

    Like always "This is currently only available to users located in the US."

    • Jaxx89

      We kinda knew this is how it would be.

    • Lexster

      You thought this would be different from every other new Google release, why?

    • NoBullet

      Water is wet.

  • Bradley Ruiz

    it never loads after start :S

    • catiremedina

      Mine does not either, but I am not in the US, just have the US Play Store.

      • Bradley Ruiz

        yeh same as me, I even tried to proxy it and the same thing after clicking start it stays loading forever

  • Tom

    crashes everytime i try to use it.

  • lowert

    Duck US-only services. (brought to you by my auto correction keyboard)

  • Danny

    Couldn't I get it work in the EU using an .apk to install it?

  • Sfans

    As always, US only. I love android and google, but I'm gettin real tired of that shit.

    I know there are some legal difficulties, but why can apple- microsoft en others release 99% of their stuff worldwide and google cant? It just doesn't make any sense.

    • Paul Jewkes

      Nobody is as tired of anything as I am of you guys complaining about US only...

      • Laszlo Demeter

        So, when you said you will move to Europe? Would be nice to see your frustration then

        • ScottColbert

          Being an adult, I wouldn't be a whiny little bitch about everything.

        • Paul Jewkes

          Would I be frustrated? Sure. But would I whine on EVERY single AP post ever written? No.

          • Toblerone

            I doubt anyone has... there are more than one person living in Europe (dunno if Sfans have complained on all articles though). :-)

          • Laszlo Demeter

            Every single app? He didn't complained on every post and even if he would be he have reasons.
            Example: if we can buy apps and add a credit card to Google Wallet, why can't we use Google Wallet on paying things, other than apps?
            Why can't we buy Chrome cast? Why can't I buy Google Glass? As a user would you like all those limitations?

      • Lexster

        Agreed. You'd think by now non-US folks would just assume it won't be coming to them for a little bit after release. It's not as simple as just flipping a switch. There are foreign laws and currency to deal with as well.

        • Paul

          "little bit after release"
          Just for example... for how long do US citizens have Magazines in their Play Store now? I didn't even hear HINTS about them coming to germany yet.

          • Lexster

            I don't know, I don't care about magazines.

          • Paul

            Neither do i, was just an example.

          • Kristijan Drača

            So you can imagine when will I read magazines from Google Play in Croatia. As developer I can't publish paid apps. But there aren't legal issue because Apple and Microsoft developers can.

      • NoBullet

        Was about to say this. Just because they're a global company doesnt mean they have to release everything to everyone at once. For all we know this could just be a test and will be stopped in a few months. All this whining makes these people look so entitled.

      • Qliphah

        Just spoof a address and use a US proxy already.... This is play credit here, not like thy will be shipping anything.

        • usaff22

          You can't really spoof a credit card or a credit card billing address...

          • Qliphah

            True, I guess they might require a CC now. When I first got my play account I used the $25 gift card they sent with it and never added any credit card or personal info.

            edit: I am in the states so I don't have any idea how they handle it internationally.

      • Michael Pahl

        Complaining about it being US only is becoming worse than asking CyanogenMod for an ETA on a new release for a 2010 device.

        just quit. NO ONE cares if you're sad its not in your country.

        • Cherokee4Life

          Everyone in the US stop complaining about when apps don't release in the US first. Everyone not in the US stop complaining about when Google releases services in the US first. Both are guilty.. just stop.

          • Michael Pahl

            If I looked at a random 10 AP articles, I could easily count 50, maybe more, comments about people outside the US saying "Of course its US only, blah".
            Its single handedly the most annoying comment on AP.

          • Tíghearnán Carroll

            I don't see how people expecting an application to be released in more than one location at launch, points to a sense of entitlement. They're not saying that the app should be released elsewhere before it hits the US.

          • Michael Pahl

            This app collects useful and marketable information from someone that meets specific criteria. If there is no one willing to buy data from someone in India for example, Google is not going to waste their time releasing the app in India. Lots of time the companies willing to buy data are specific to the US (example, State Farm, DirecTV, Pizza Hut) and so on.

          • Tíghearnán Carroll

            Yeah you have a valid point, but only in the terms of excluding certain countries. Are you telling me that the US is the only place on the globe where Google could find this app useful?

          • Qorse

            Certainly not, but why wait until they have deals lined up in enough countries to make everyone happy when they can just release the program on a trial basis to A) see if it's worth pursuing and B) start making money if it is? I'm not saying it's cool or right, but it doesn't make sense to expect an advertiser to do tons of legwork for potentially very little when they could do a little legwork, see if it's effective, and then do the rest of the legwork with really no difference aside from reduced risk.

          • Cherokee4Life

            I agree its annoying, i live in the US however take Plants vs. Zombies 2 for example people in the US complained that it wasn't released here first. It's always going to be complained about and no 1 side is innocent. That's all i was trying to say

          • squiddy20

            I'm genuinely curious here: what apps haven't released in the US, but did elsewhere? (Being that I'm in the US, I honestly wouldn't know)

          • Cherokee4Life

            Well not apps that don't release in the US at all just not initially. the two that come to mind are Star Wars: TIny Death Star and Plants vs Zombies 2. They both are available in the US now but not when they first came out.

          • Riana Eiren

            Agree! Plants vs Zombies 2 was released elsewhere recently, and I was sad, but I realized a lot of things come out here first, so it evens out.

      • lihu

        Or all the US guys complaining about it is Version only or not Version or something like that.

    • ddpacino

      While I understand your sentiments, I think "99%" is a very long stretch. Every year with the new iPhones and iOS releases, Apple is adding new supported countries for their devices or services.

    • CrazyPaladin

      Pfft, VPN. I live in China and I can't even buy any paid app (by normal). I use VPN and a virtual credit card service so that I can pay in USD. I even ordered Nexus 5 on US store and try to ship it all the way back to China and I'm happy with it. You got to learn be contented.

      • Manuel

        I tried with market unlocker. Do you have any guide for the vpn?

        • CrazyPaladin

          Sorry I mainly use VPN that is only target to Chinese users. But I believe there's many free VPN apps on the store you can try out, most of them require root though. Market unlocker won't help now I guess, since google began to vaildate your IP address some time ago.

  • nebula

    I'm from Germany and have an opinion too. Especially for this only US shit.

    • AmicusBrief

      Thank you for completing our survey...2 cents has been deposited into your account.

  • Brayden Reesor

    Crashes on my Nexus 5 when picking Google account :/

  • frhow

    Perfect I have already made $1 in the last 15 minutes. Thanks Google!

  • Mariolego Carboro

    Cant get it to work con my n4, it crashes after pressing the "get started" button.

  • vlad

    Hey, android police can you post an APK

  • Sven Andresen

    They spits out apps, but it does not come to Denmark or other small countries.

    We do not have fx. Google Play or other fine looking apps.
    Getting tired of waiting for something other countries have had for a long time.

    Even if I am not Apple fan, and will never become it... I envy how they roll out things to everybody... not just the US.

    • the magician

      There is not a large market over in your small country

      • Sven Andresen

        Ahh I wouldn't say that....
        Even if we are a country with just 5,5 million inhabitants....

        These are the recent numbers:
        "The Danes have more smartphones per inhabitant than the the U.S. and Japan".

        17 percent of Japanese have a smartphone
        51 percent of Britons have a smartphone
        41 of Americans have a smartphone

        In comparison, 43 percent of Danes have invested in a smartphone, in the turn of the new year. Only beaten by the British people.

  • Me

    lots of fun stuff today. Now if only we could have 4.3 on our GS 3's (Sprint). And before anyone bashes me, yeah, I know the table was tentative and we are waiting on Sprint.

  • Me
  • Dan

    Could you guys grow the hell up? Yeah, almost everything is released first in the US. Get the hell over it. in this case, it's a freakin' market research tool and you have to start in a single market. Of course Google is going to choose their single market with the most people in it.

    On other items like music, books, and movies, if you don't want to be treated like 50, small, unrelated markets, then don't have 50 different freakin' copyright laws and 50 different regulatory agencies.

    • Tíghearnán Carroll

      It's a legitimate annoyance, if you weren't in the US, I'm pretty sure you'd irritated at this.

      • simp1istic

        Google is based in the US. It seems kind of natural to be honest.

        • sivkai

          Based in the US but it does not, or at least it claims not, operate in the US. Its an international corporation and should start acting like one.

          That said, I think this app is probably an exception. As someone else said, they have to start in one market, and the US market makes most sense.

          • Ian Santopietro

            As someone who works for a company that ships products to other countries, I can say that there are a lot of reasons that could be preventing Google from allowing this internationally.

        • Morten Ulveseth

          I wouldn't say it isn't understandable, it's just annoying as shit.

    • sivkai

      Solution: Move to the US.

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

        in NSA America !!! I'll Pass

        • Morten Ulveseth

          Hehe, like it helps to live anywhere else. If anything, US citizens are somewhat protected by US law. NSA can do whatever the fuck they want outside of the US... Well, lets just agree that we're all fucked.

          • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack

            Indeed

    • Freak4Dell

      Funny thing is, the rest of the world likes to pretend that Americans complain too much.

    • fonix232

      Actually, the EU has more or less the same regulations in each country regarding major copyright lines, and as far as I know, while using their own smaller regulatory agencies, they are interconnected, and regulated by EU law. So yes, if you want to, you can take it as one big market with minimal market differences (the two major ones being currency and VAT).

      There is no reason why Google couldn't run multiple market researches with the same topic simultaneously. They definitely have the technology and manpower, so...

  • Jean-François Simard

    Blah since I have a Google Play balance (0.23$), I can't change my country to US in Google Wallet since I moved this summer. This prohibits me to use that app too :/ Anyone know how I could spend 0.23$? lol Sucks you can't combine with balance and credit card :/

  • Cherokee4Life

    Ha, just earned $1.00. Nice google

  • Rainy Sky
  • Dustin

    First survey I got:
    -Do you support or oppose gay marriage?
    -Do you support oppose the use of unmanned drones to target Al-Qaeda Members?
    -Would you vote for a law allowing illegal immigrants to obtain legal status by joing the military or attending college?

    There were more in that vein....

  • atlouiedog

    I managed to refresh android police right after this was posted. No comments, no tweet about it yet. I signed up immediately and I'm still waiting to be approved. Did those of you who have already gotten credit download this before or after you saw it here?

    • Cherokee4Life

      I saw it here just did 2 surveys and the 2nd one gave me $1

      • atlouiedog

        Thanks. I wonder if one of my answers flagged my account for further review or something.

      • Scott

        Damn that was fast. I'm still waiting to be approved.

        • Rainy Sky

          people didnt get automatic approval? weird

        • Cherokee4Life

          I assumed everyone's was as quick. It asked me which Google account I want. I picked it and 5 seconds later I was in the app taking a survey. easy peasy for me

          • xnifex

            I filled out the initial survey & then it said it had an issue submitting but would keep trying. I haven't received any more surveys after that.

    • Scott

      Mine still says waiting to be approved.

      • Rovindra Singh

        Works for me, already earned my first $1.

    • Rainy Sky

      my account seems to be fine, just no surveys available.

    • Qliphah

      Filled out the first "tutorial" survey and it said it had a problem posting my answers but would notify me when I was approved for surveys... but the whole tutorial was nothing but political jargon and party affiliation type questions... seems very sketchy to me.

      • atlouiedog

        Questions like that are often designed to determine whether or not you're a good participant who is paying attention and engaging with the questions rather than a bot or someone just clicking randomly to get paid. They likely aren't using those questions and answers for anything else.

  • Seiga

    Love the idea. Gives good Anon information for statistical purposes, and rewards us with Play dollars. Thanks Google!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Dear Android Police can we get the Direct Play Store links back?

    • Jaymoon

      [Install (Free)] takes me directly to the Play Store...

      • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

        So it does. I was behind a web filter that blocks the whole Playboard.me stuff. The old way they did it worked for me. Guess I'll just deal. Didn't see it until I got home.

  • Rolo P

    Made my first $1..thanks Google!

  • Scott

    Still says they'll send me a notification to be approved. What gives?

  • MrNinjaPanda

    Anyone outside of US (especially in Canada) got it working, and how.

  • Matthew Fry

    A lot of the questions were political in nature. Google will not appreciate you answering questions about the US congress when you are not in the US. They established a contract with someone here in the US to get US polling data. They're not just giving money away. When, or if, they find someone in your particular country that is willing to pay them for polling data I'm sure you'll know about it.

  • Dany Bouffard

    I guess only US citizens have opinions that googles whnt to know about.

    • MeCampbell30

      Or ad companies want to pay for. When I downloaded my version it asked me a bunch of political questions.

    • WHO?

      You're right "literally" .... They really only have questions for US citizens. questioned are based on our current president and what party you belong too.

  • xnifex

    I did the initial one, still nothing after that. I has a sad

    • the magician

      that means you sucked at the first survey

  • danishdhanshe

    Not available in India :'(
    Anyone knows how can I still do this???

  • danishdhanshe

    Working with tunnel bear VPN
    And I live in India

  • Matt

    "I don't plans to buy a car" - Google 2013

  • Giacu Truss

    "I don't plans on buying a car" lulz!

  • jesuguru

    Love the survey's last question option: "I don't plans to buy a car."

    Since I live abroad, I hope Google do plans to spread the love around.

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    I'm having a problem with it. It downloads, I click "get started," but then it just loads forever. Anyone else experience this?

  • kofi design

    :) too bad it not compatible with my galaxy p5200 with Os 4.2.2

  • mrbojenglz

    I can't get it to work. It crashes every time I click get started

  • Tom

    Google better rolls this out in Europe..

  • Cherokee4Life

    Has anyone else gotten more than 1 survey so far? I got 1 initial survey for free, then a 2nd for $1 and just got a third for $0.60. I am at $1.60 of free money!!!!

    • WHO?

      Im over $2. I am waiting till i get to a Million and cash out.

  • WHO?

    For people who complain about not available in your country. As of now i am sure its not going to be anytime soon. They ask me every on every survey about our president. Like i wake up with a different opinion everyday. SMH

  • Chrisdroid

    So if I answer enough surveys and make around 349.00 bucks I can use that credit to purchase a nexus 5?

  • Joran Dob

    APK please

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    NSA keeps lurking

  • cole

    I love u google mom logged me out so cant buy stuff but this is a way I can still buy stuff awesome already have three dollars