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Nexus Player Now Available In Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden, And Switzerland

Google is often accused of having a heavy focus on the United States. That's certainly true, but come on - it's a US company. Nobody seems to mind that Samsung sells a ton of phones in South Korea, or that Japan gets the newest and hottest Canon cameras before anyone else. Can you really blame a company with limited hardware resources for prioritizing a new product launch in certain markets?


Image source: Ausdroid

Yes, you can.

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Google Play Store Gift Cards Are Finally Available In Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, And Sweden

Google has an odd definition of "soon." For example, five of the countries that just received access to Google Play gift cards were first told that they were coming "soon" almost five months ago, and the last one has been waiting a further six weeks. Oh well, I suppose it's best not to look a gift card in the mouth. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden have been added to Google's gift card system, and merchants should have gift cards in stock well before Christmas.

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Google Play Gift Cards Will Be Available Soon In Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, And Sweden

Update, December 16th: Google Play gift cards are now available in all five countries. Good things come to those who wait.


Good news, European readers: physical gift cards for the Google Play Store are coming to more of you soon. Google updated its list of supported countries for gift cards today, marking Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden as "coming soon." We can't say exactly when - a few other countries like Greece, Poland, and Portugal got the same treatment earlier this month, and they're still marked as coming soon instead of linking to the relevant page.

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Nokia's Former Asia-Pacific CEO Starts New Company Called Newkia, Wants To Make The Android-Powered Phones That Nokia Wouldn't

To all the people who wished, begged, or pleaded for Nokia to make Android phones, listen up, because it looks like your dreams may actually come true. On the day that Microsoft bought out Nokia's phone business, the Finnish company's former Asia-Pacific CEO Thomas Zilliacus founded Newkia in hopes of producing the Android phones that Nokia wouldn't commit to, and he plans to hire Nokia employees who were interested in developing for Android.

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Jelly Bean Updates Arrive To Unbranded Galaxy S IIIs In Nordic, Middle Eastern, And GME Countries

Samsung is definitely on a roll with the Galaxy S III updates - not a day goes by without a massive rollout of Jelly Bean to devices all over Europe, and now the Middle East as well. The company began sending Android 4.1.1 OTAs to the following territories:


  • Austria (T-Mobile)
  • Germany (O2, T-Mobile)


  • Middle East: Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, UAE
  • Greater Middle East: Afghanistan, Mauritania, Pakistan
  • Nordic countries (NEE): Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greenland, Iceland

image Eivind

Thanks to Eivind for the screenshot

Here's the history of the Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S III so far:

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[Updated] Google Starting To Flip The Switch On Purchasing Paid Android Market Apps In New Countries

Last week, Google announced that over the next 2 weeks, support for purchasing paid apps was coming to 18 more countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

This morning, reports are trickling in that the switch has been indeed flipped, at least in some of these countries. So far, we've been able to confirm Sweden, Denmark, and India.

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Can You Combine "Mobile Phone Makers", "Android", And "Peeing In Your Pants" Into A Single Sentence? Nokia's Vice President Of Markets Anssi Vanjoki Can

Yeah, this one's a bit out of Android Police's usual subject matter, but frankly, we just couldn't resist commenting on the fact that Anssi Vanjoki, Vice President of Markets for Nokia, just compared our operating system of choice, or rather, the fact that mobile manufacturers are using it, to the practice of some Finnish boys who "pee in their pants" for warmth in the winter. He goes on to explain that the two are similar in that temporary relief is followed by an even worse situation, since he believes that choosing Android may result in "permanently low profitability." 

In my opinion, Nokia should look at themselves and, more particularly, the operating system they use on most of their high-end devices (that would be Symbian), before accusing their competition.

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