Play Music will disappear over the next few months, starting with South Africa and New Zealand in September and the rest of the world following in October. While YouTube Music (YTM) is already an almost full-fledged (albeit quirky) replacement in the US and many parts of Europe, the same can't be said for some other countries. In some, YTM isn't available as a default music provider in the Assistant, and there's no proper voice control for Google's latest streaming service, either. Read More
Some cars and head units are capable of displaying Android Auto from your phone wirelessly, but there are additional restrictions to the functionality — other than owning a compatible handset, you also need to live in one of the regions where the wireless connection is available. Luckily, the list of supported countries is expanding, and now you can use wireless Android Auto in almost all locations where the wired version is available, with only two exceptions: Japan and Russia. Read More
Just a few hours ago, Google announced that YouTube Premium and YouTube Music had made their way to India. Oddly enough, it neglected to mention the 13 other countries both services just debuted in. Of these 13, 12 are in Central and South America, with the odd duck out being South Africa. Read More
Spotify has just launched in Israel, Romania, South Africa, and Vietnam, bringing the total amount of worldwide markets to 65. So if you live in one of those four countries and you've been patiently waiting to become one of 159 million users worldwide (or you're lamenting the loss of Spotify Dogfood), it's your lucky day. Read More
This will be great news for developers who live in Bangladesh and South Africa. Up until now, they couldn't register for a merchant account on Google Play, which meant that they could only publish free apps and games on the Store. But now they can, they finally can. Publishers in Bangladesh will have their currencies set to USD, but those in South Africa will be on the local ZAR.
This is good news for both publishers and users in these countries. Previously, devs had to go through dozens of hoops to trick the system and be able to sell their apps, now they can do so officially and, supposedly, without a lot of hassle. Read More
Google Play Music is a great way to listen to tunes from artists you love, whether it's by purchasing albums and tracks individually or subscribing to unlimited monthly streaming. It is, however, limited by the number of countries it's available in.
Today marks its arrival in two new countries in opposite hemispheres of this planet: South Africa and Serbia. Residents in both countries can now buy albums and tracks in their regular currencies and subscribe to GPM Unlimited ($4.99 in Serbia and R49.99 in South Africa) with two free months offered up front so they can see if the service fits them or not. Read More
Google Play gift cards are now available at the bottom of the world. No, not Antarctica-look up a bit. There you go, South Africa. In the most southern of African nations, gift cards are starting to appear on store shelves in increments of R 150, R 250, and R 450. Residents can rush to their neighborhood shop and pick one up for the low price of, well, any of the three numbers I just listed.
The site shows that these cards should be on sale at Checkers and Pick n Pay. Once you or a recipient swipes the card into a Google account, the funds are available to pay for apps and whatever other digital content is available in the Play Store. Read More
Yes, yes, we know: Google takes its sweet time in getting all the various parts of the Play Store rolled out to all corners of the globe. This evening (or morning, I suppose) they've expanded the Google Play Books service to South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey. Android and Chrome users in these countries should be able to buy and read books right now.
Pics or it didn't happen: South Africa
Today's update brings Google Play Books to 39 countries, mostly in North America, Europe, and Asia - in fact, South Africa is the first country on the continent to get access to the service. Read More