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Sony's Xperia Z5 Series Pricing Surfaces Across Europe — From €549 For The Z5 Compact To €799 For The Z5 Premium, Even More In The UK

Sony is one of the very rare companies who know how to balance the right level of features between smaller and larger devices. Their newly announced Z5 series has a very powerful Z5 Compact, a good Z5, and a slightly fluffed up Z5 Premium, all without compromising on processor, RAM, or camera performance.

However, that comes at a price and we're just starting to discover what the tag will be on these smartphones. Sony's announcement didn't include any pricing details, but retailers all across Europe and the UK have begun listing the different Z5 devices on their sites. Here are the known amounts of euros and pounds you should part with:

So yeah, that's a boatload of money for the Z5 Premium and a lesser one for the other two models.

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Netflix Will Expand To Italy, Portugal, And Spain In October 2015


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?


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Yes, you can. Sorry, what were we talking about again? Oh yes, the Nexus Player is available in nine new countries starting today. Or yesterday, depending on exactly where you are.

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Moto 360 Comes To The Play Store In Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, And The UK

Time flies in the tech world. The Moto 360 isn't the latest hotness anymore, but I still love the one strapped to my wrist. In my mind, it remains the most visually stunning smartwatch you can buy. And when I say you, I'm referring to folks in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom—all places where the watch is now listed as available from the Play Store.

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Google may have updated the support page a bit early, as the Moto 360 is listed as coming soon. But you can probably look for the watch to be ready for purchase any time now.

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Google Maps Navigation Lane Guidance Is Now Available In France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Spain, And The United Kingdom

OK, European readers. We know Google doesn't always put a rush on features and products outside of the United States. America got lane guidance (which tells you which lane to get into before you approach a turn or exit) way back in May. It looks like US roads were the only ones on which this feature was available, at least until yesterday, when Google announced lane guidance for some European countries on the official Google Europe blog.

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Specifically, users in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland now have access to lane guidance while turn-by-turn navigation is active.

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Paid Google Play Newsstand Content Now Live In Italy

When Google released Newsstand, it married content from Currents and Magazines. This brought stories from around the web, along with paid magazine and newspaper subscriptions to one place. The problem, however, is that paid content isn't yet available 'round the world.

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Today marks the arrival of paid content to the Newstand app in Italy, making it the fifth country to get support for the service. Both the application and Newsstand homepage appear to have been updated for Italian users, and there's also a promotional page to help users find new content to purchase.

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Google Play Gift Cards Officially Launch In Austria, Italy, Spain, And Switzerland

Google's steadily rolling out Google Play gift card availability to various countries around the globe. We previously reported that Austria, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland had all made the 'coming soon' list. Now all four have bumped to officially being available now. Not only can consumers find cards in local retailers, each country has its own gift card site. Here's Spain's below.


In every country except Switzerland, the gift cards are available in increments of 15 €, 25 €, and 50 €. Switzerland's cards go for 30 CHF, 50 CHF, and 100 CHF instead.

Google still has the majority of the planet left to go, but hey, progress is progress.

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Google Confirms Play Gift Cards In Austria, Adds Italy, Mexico, And Switzerland To The List

A few days ago we caught wind of the existence of Google Play gift cards in Austria. It was good news, though it came as a surprise as Austria's name was nowhere to be found on the list of countries Google sells gift cards in. Now it is, though oddly still listed as 'coming soon.' Nevertheless, Austria isn't the only country to make an appearance. Now we see that Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland have joined the list as well (with Spain also still listed as being on its way).


As the shot above shows, Italy's gift cards will come in increments of 15€, 25€, and 50€.

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Google Play Movies Are Now Available In Italy On Android Devices And The Web

Google's long, slow journey towards bringing Play Store media to all corners of the globe has advanced another step today: the Movies section has opened up to Android and web users in Italy. Italian readers can check the Play Store on their phone, tablet, or PC to see what's available for rent or purchase. At present it looks like most of the major American studios are on board for the new territory.


With the addition of movies, Italy has access to three out of five of the Play Store's media formats (not counting paid Android apps), with Magazines and TV Shows still unavailable to Italian Android users.

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Vodafone Drops Play Store Carrier Billing In The UK, Germany, Italy, And Spain, No Explanation Offered

Normally we're pretty pleased when we can report that a new country or carrier has enabled the option for carrier billing in the Google Play Store, allowing customers to charge app and media purchases directly to their phone bill. But for some reason, European carrier Vodafone seems to have dropped the option entirely. Vodafone has disappeared from the list of carrier billing partners on Google's Play Store support page, and we've confirmed the loss of capability from individual users in the UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain.


Neither Vodafone nor Google have given an explanation as to why the billing feature has been dropped.

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