Usually, when massive companies tell you "your opinion matters," it is a transparent way to placate people who complain. With Google Opinion Rewards, your opinion gets you pocket change, which is probably a fair bit more than you would get anywhere else. Digital pocket change, in the form of Google Play credits. All the better, as it doesn't run the risk of scratching your screen. Opinion Rewards has been available in the United States and several other countries for some time, though Belgium and New Zealand are joining the club this month. Read More
Belgium is next up in Google's ongoing, slow-moving initiative to bring Android Pay to more countries. Starting today, Belgians can use the contactless payments service at over 85,000 locations including places like McDonald's, H&M, and Carrefour. Read More
Last month, Nest announced that it would be starting to sell its products in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain. But at the time, the retail outlets where these products could be bought ranged from Amazon to Media Markt, ePrice, El Corte Ingles, and a couple more. They were all third-party retailers and not official Nest or Google entities.
If you prefer to get your gear straight from the source, the official Google Store has started to sell some of Nest's line-up in these countries and is also expanding availability in Belgium for the Cam Outdoor. In short, here's the list of new countries where you can buy different Nest products:
- Nest Learning Thermostat, 3rd generation: Italy, Spain (still not available in Austria or Germany)
- Nest Protect, 2nd generation: Austria, Germany (still not available in Italy or Spain)
- Nest Cam Indoor: Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain
- Nest Cam Outdoor: Austria, Belgium, Italy, Spain (was already available in Germany).
Remember that sweet 25% discount on the Pixel C tablet for "developers?" (Don't worry, you don't actually have to be a developer.) Originally it was only available to buyers in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, but as of today it's been updated to apply to a handful of new counties. Customers in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, and Switzerland can now take 25% off of the local currency price.
Remember that the discount requires a code, which may take anywhere from a few hours to a day or two to hit your inbox once you request it. Read More
Most mobile plans these days let you call just anywhere in your home country without incurring extra fees, and a few even have some international calling included. Phoning Europe from the US is usually spendy, though. For the next few days, a couple carriers have waved all fees associated with calls or texts from the US to Belgium in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks. Read More
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.
Belgium, Finland, and Ireland all get cards with Euro values of 15, 25, and 50, while Denmark, Norway, and Sweden get 150, 250, and 500 Krone/Krona cards. Read More
Support for Google Play carrier billing has recently extended to a number of additional carriers scattered around the globe. A quick visit to the site's direct billing support page shows that four carriers spread between as many countries have joined the list of accepted companies.
Residents in New Zealand can now add their app payments to the 2degrees bills at the end of each month. The option is also available to Belgacom customers in Belgium and people who turn to M1 in Singapore. In Poland there's now Polkomtel / Plus.
You can see Belgacom in the screenshot below. Click on the image to view the others. Read More
For folks who like to stay on the cutting edge of technology (which I assume includes you, since you're reading an Android blog), thermostats and smoke alarms don't get much cooler than the Nest and Nest Protect. They're Internet-connected, which is great because reasons. They can talk to your mobile device, which is all any gadget really needs to do to be considered smart (since many of us do less talking on our smartphones these days, does that make us dumber?). And now they're available in the Play Store for sophisticated shoppers in Belgium and the Netherlands.
The screenshots above were taken of the Netherlands version of the store, and they show the Nest going for €219 and the Nest Protect for €109. Read More