Ever wonder how Android Police always knows right away when Google makes a new country available for any of its services? It's simple! We pick whichever intern has been annoying us this week, chain sit him down in front of a computer, and make him reload Google Support pages like this one once every thirty seconds. When he sees a change, no matter how tiny, he bangs a pot with a wooden spoon, thus alerting one of our diligent writers to take a look at the page. If something of substance has changed, like a new country being added to Google's list of officially supported Android Auto countries, we write it up. If it's just a couple of words added or removed, we beat the intern with the spoon.
AP interns can rest easy today (hey you, stop that cringing!) since they've discovered something useful: Android Auto is now officially supported in Mexico. That brings the total list of countries up to thirty, mostly in North and South America and Western Europe, plus Australia, New Zealand, India, and Russia. But here's something fun - AP interns also noticed that there were countries removed from the list: Columbia and Guatamala. These two countries were replaced... with Colombia and Guatemala. It looks like Google misspelled both countries (Columbia is spelled as in the District of Columbia, and "Guatamala" is just how a lot of Americans pronounce the country) when they initially set up the page.
We're not ones to criticize anyone for typos (that's what our commenters are for!), but it seems like someone at Google could have just, you know, Googled the correct spellings for both places. For discovering this tiny correction, one lucky Android Police intern will be handsomely rewarded with the half of my morning bagel that I didn't want before he's once again chained to a desktop.
Note: No, Android Police does not really abuse the interns at our central office. Because we can't afford interns. Or offices.
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