This week’s theme is expansion as Google brings its services and devices to more markets. After spreading its Google Play Music and Movies further, the company is now making more widely available the devices you can play them on, particularly the Nexus 5 smartphone and the WiFi variant of the 2013’s Nexus 7 tablet.
Availability of Google products have always been limited, for one reason or another. The problem is a bit more clear cut when it comes to digital content, which often has different legal requirements in different countries. Devices, on the other hand, usually don’t. Just earlier, Google made a splash, albeit smaller than its Android Wear reveal, when it announced the Chromecast coming to 11 more countries. Now Google is giving that same treatment to its latest Nexus devices.
Previously available in only 12 countries, Google expands the roster to 20. This includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden. Unfortunately, this new list only covers the WiFi version of the latest Nexus 7. The LTE variant of the tablet is still limited to those same 12 original countries.
It is great to see Google reaching out to more markets outside the US, particularly in Europe, and one can only hope it does the same for other parts of the world. Of course, one can also easily acquire these devices via third-party retailers and dealers, but it is always a good thing to have them come from Google itself.