Google hasn't up-front announced where the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will be released, though it's nearly a meme at this point how few markets actually get the company's phones. Whole swaths of even the western world are ignored, though the US, Canada, Japan, and a handful of others are usually guaranteed availability. From delving into the Google Store's regional pages, we've been able to work out which markets will definitely be getting in on the Pixel 6 action.
Google's Play Points rewards program, which offers about 1% in rewards points for your Play Store purchases, is now available in 13 more countries, ten of which are in Europe. Last we'd heard about Play Points, there were 9 countries on the list, so the support has more than doubled with these latest additions.
Back in 2017, YouTube introduced the Super Chat feature, allowing livestream viewers to support their favorite creators with donations in exchange for pinned comments. It initially launched for viewers in around 40 countries, with this 19-country addition appearing to be the first of its kind.
Most of us live in countries that allow developers to publish and sell apps on the Play Store, but that's far from true for much of the rest of the world. Every few months, Google will update its developer and merchant registration lists with more supported countries, and this time around, there are a total of 21 new additions between the two categories.
I/O's main keynote was a blur of announcement after announcement, so you'll forgive us if we didn't notice this two-second slide where Google's Scott Huffman showed off Assistant's worldwide expansion and explained that it was "now [...] available on over 1 billion devices, in over 30 languages, across 80 countries." We love milestones like this, but many of the countries he pointed out appear to be in beta.
Most apps have their region locks circumvented by simply installing the APK via a third-party source, like APK Mirror. However, YouTube Kids in particular actually has the ability to disable itself if it detects you're not in a supported country. That auto-disabling will no longer be a concern for users in six additional countries, bringing the total to 49.
This might come as a surprise to some of you, but Google's Home products aren't available in very many countries. In fact, availability is actually fairly restricted, especially on the Home Max. Until May, the biggest Home speaker was only available in the US, though Canada and Australia have since joined the list. Now, the Home Max is arriving in the UK, France, and Germany.
We take the ease of billing on the Play Store for granted here in the US, but many other countries don't have as many or as flexible options when it comes to picking up apps, movies, books, or music via the service. But for customers in Colombia, Tanzania, Thailand, Chile, and Peru, new payment methods are now possible. Conversely, France and Saudi Arabia have lost some options.
You might not have known this, but people in other countries don't often get the same features in Google Maps as you may. There are only a handful of countries that support all of Maps's coverage details, including the US, UK, Canada, and several European nations. Google recently added/improved the traffic layer to six countries, but downgraded speed limit availability in seven others.