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Google Expanding Android One To Portugal And Spain

Google's Android One initiative aims to bring low-cost, high-quality Android phones to the hands of those who are not able to afford a more premium device. While they are not known for having the fastest processors or the most gorgeous screens, they do come with the promise of a Nexus-like experience of stock Android and fast updates — sometimes even beating Nexus devices at their own game.

Android One phones have typically been targeted at developing markets, so far launching in Asia, the Middle East, and recently Africa as well.

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


In Addition To Japan And Australia, Chromecast Also Comes To Belgium, Portugal, And Switzerland [Updated]

Today's a big day for Chromecast. Earlier today we reported that Google's little magic media stick was ready to stream shows to TVs in Japan and Austrialia. Now we see that the device has also arrived in Belgium, Norway, Portugal, and Switzerland as well.

Update: The devices section of Google Play may have just opened its virtual doors in Norway, but the Chromecast has actually been available in the country for two months now.

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Google Play Books Now Live In Austria, Belgium, Ireland, And Portugal

Google quietly brought Play Books today to four new countries: Austria, Belgium, Ireland, and Portugal. The aforementioned countries only had access to Google Play Apps and Music before, so I'm sure the book lovers among those of you who reside in the four territories are ecstatic.

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The new Books section as seen in Ireland

Google has been very slow to roll out various content stores worldwide. The last time Play Books expanded was all the way back in March and only included one country - Mexico. Before that, it was India in February. And that's about it for this year.

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Vodafone Portugal Selling Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v For €589.90 Starting Tomorrow

 Remember the wafer-thin new Galaxy Tab 10.1 we saw at CTIA? Yeah, well, you might have to wait a while longer before you can get your paws on one of those - but if you live in Portugal and you're willing to sacrifice some of that slimness, you'll be able to obtain an ever-so-slightly thicker model called the Galaxy Tab 10.1v starting tomorrow. The tablet will be sold through Vodafone for the price of €589.90 and will be:

  • 10.9mm thick
  • Running on stock Honeycomb
  • Powered by a dual-core 1 GHz Tegra 2 CPU
  • Including an HPSA+ radio
  • Featuring an 8MP rear camera

Vodafone will also be selling the 10.1v in the Netherlands, though they have not yet announced its price there; the only detail we have so far is that it'll launch in "week 17," which should mean sometime before May 1st.

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[Updated] Google Nexus S Now Available In 17 More Countries

Earlier today, Sprint launched its new Nexus S 4G smartphone with tight Google Voice integration. Riding the buzz, Google in turn announced that the Nexus S is now available in the following countries:

  • Spain
  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Germany
  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • the Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Austria
  • the Czech Republic
  • Switzerland
  • Hong Kong
  • S. Korea
  • Australia.


To buy the phone, visit the country-specific Google url http://google (.es, .fr , .gr, .it, .pt, .ro, etc.)/nexus and select the carrier of your choice. If you get tripped up by the country's URL, just visit the source links below for more details.

The phone's specifications remain largely the same with a 4.0" WVGA SAMOLED screen, 1 GHz CPU, 16 GB ROM, 5MP rear camera, front-facing VGA camera, NFC support, and, of course, a quad-band GSM antenna.

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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. Tightly coupled with today's rollout is a Market update that converts all application prices to buyers' native currencies.

In case you were wondering why the Danish and Swedish currencies are the same, I did some research and found out that "ca." means "approximately," and both Swedish and Danish currencies are shortened as "kr" - Swedish krona and Danish kroner or krone.

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