Non-U.S. Google Nexus 7 users to miss out on content

If you live in the U.K., Canada or Australia and are considering pre-ordering the Google Nexus 7, you won't be getting the TV shows, magazine and music that U.S. users will.


Gadget fans who preorder Google's Nexus 7 tablet outside the U.S. will not get full access to all of the tablet's features as first revealed at Google I/O last month.

U.S. buyers will see the full range of content, including TV shows, music, and magazines, whereas the remaining countries --- Canada, the U.K. and Australia --- will see a limited selection of content to download.

The Nexus 7's U.K. preorder page says the Nexus 7 will include "thousands of movies," and the "world's largest collection of e-books." U.K. customers will retain full access to more than 600,000 apps and games available in Google Play.

"Currently, the U.K. [Google Play] store offers apps, movie rentals, e-books and devices. We're clearly eager to expand this in time, but currently, that's the offering in the U.K," a Google spokesperson told CNET.

The content is also missing from the Nexus 7's Canadian and Australian pages.

Google Music, launched at Google I/O 2011, is still only available to the U.S. market more than a year since its debut.

The Nexus 7 starts $199 in the U.S., and in the U.K. is priced slightly higher at 159 pounds ($250). Nevertheless, the tablet comes in at a competitive price for the tech specs on offer, and includes the latest Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" version.

Google did not say when the features would appear to non-U.S. Nexus 7 customers in the Google Play store, but it could be a while until international licensing agreements are signed.

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