You can now buy devices on the Google Store from any place in the world, shipping still limited to select few countries


The Google Store has just opened up to more places. Kind of.

The Google Store, the place where Google sells its Pixel phones and tablets, its Chromecasts and Nest home products, only ships to a select few countries: the United States, the UK and select few European nations, as well as a few others, but while previously it was completely closed for users from non-supported countries, this is no longer the case. Customers from all over the globe and can now access any of the supported versions of the Store and - what's better - use their local credit or debit card to buy devices on that supported territory.


Okay, it's a little confusing, so let's explain by ways of an example: before today's update, customers from, say, Romania, could not access the Google Store since Google does not officially sell products there. Starting today, Romanians can access the store and select any supported region. They can also buy stuff using their local Romanian card, but they cannot ship the device to Romania. The whole idea is that you can use this feature to buy devices as gifts. Say you have a relative or a friend in Germany, and you live in Romania: you can now pay for a Google device on the Google Store and send it to any German address.

Of course, this will be used by third parties for easier access to Google products to those many places where you still cannot officially ship devices. Use a friend or the inevitable proxies that will likely appear to ship those devices from that German addressed you shipped to, to your original Romanian address.

This is not of much use to U.S. or German, or users from any other supported market, of course, but it's a welcome update for everyone else. You can check out the Google Store at the link right below:

Updated Google Store

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8 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's 2017! If Google wants to be #1 they have to be available everywhere.

2. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Quote from the article: "The whole idea is that you can use this feature to buy devices as gifts. " This new feature has absolutely nothing to do with Google selling more devices and making more profits. This new feature makes perfect sense. You buy a device have it shipped to another country open it up and find you have an issue with the device. No problem it's under warranty. At least you thought it was until Google says your not in a supported country.

3. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Finally!!! I can buy the original charger for my Nexus 5X, about damn time Google!

5. jc.wilcox

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Hello Waldomero, I need the american charger for the Nexus 5X too. But since nexus phones were took off the Store, the accesories for the Nexus too. If I'm Wrong, can you please tell which one is the american original charger for the Nexus 5X? Thanks in advance.

6. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Hi, jc.wilcox. The original US charger is a USB Type-C 15W (5V/3A) charger. After looking in the store I found this one: Universal 22.5W Dual Port USB Type-C Charger ($39.99) (This has 2 USB Type-C ports to charge 2 phones at a time, when charging one, the outup is 15W). It seems to be the only one that works with our phones, because the other 2 chargers in the store have greater output and can fry the internals of the phones. I'd recommend looking for 3rd party chargers with similar specs, in amazon you can find these 2. LTNLab 25W Smart USB Type C (5V 3A 15W) with Type-C Cable Pack and 2 Multi USB Ports Wall Charger, Power Adapter for Google Pixel XL, SONY XZ, LG V20, G6, HTC 11, Bolt, Moto Z (USB-C-Charger Pack) ($21.99) or SONEic - USB Type-C (USB-C) Rapid Wall Charger & USB Type-C to Type-C Cable, 15 Watt/3.0 Amp (3A) for Nexus 5X/6P, Pixel, LG G5, HTC 10 & All USB Type-C Devices – Black (Charger+Cable Included) ($19.99) Sadly Google abandoned their Nexus line like a bad parent. I hope this helps. Cheers.

4. Cicero

Posts: 1144; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

There are a lot of countries left behind with a lot of Google services. Including Romania.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, just another store I'll never shop at...

8. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Finally Asians can gift google phones to those in the US! Just the last bit we were missing in our life!

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