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.
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.
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.
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
Thanks to Eivind for the screenshot
Here's the history of the Jelly Bean updates for the Galaxy S III so far:
- October 25: Sprint in the United States.
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.
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.