blog Well, we can’t say we’re surprised, given the shoddy treatment which search giant Google has consistently handed Australia when it comes to launching its services locally, but we are disappointed with the news as reported by Ausdroid (click here) and Gizmodo (click here) this week that Australians won’t be able to buy music, magazines, movies or TV through their Nexus 7 tablet when the device launches locally. Ausdroid reports:
“After seeing the news this morning that the UK would not be seeing these services at launch I asked Google Australia about them and have been advised that these services as well as Music ‘won’t be available at start’.”
We’ve seen this kind of behaviour from Google so many times before that it’s starting to become a cliche. We saw it with eBooks, we saw it with YouTube movie rentals, we saw it with Google Voice, we saw it with Google’s Chromebooks and we saw it with Google Music.
Many people — myself included — accuse Apple of being the most arrogant technology company on the face of the planet. It refuses 99.9 percent of all press enquiries with a “no comment”, gives no visibility on future product roadmaps, hoards cash like a miser and sues those who infringe its intellectual property rights in the slightest. And yet, every single time the company launches a new product (usually at 4AM, Sydney time), Apple is at pains to inform Australian consumers when and for how much that product will be available in Australia. With all of the billions of dollars of cash it has in the bank, I don’t see why it is so hard for Google to do the same.
We shouldn’t have to find out weeks after the Google Nexus 7 is unveiled through investigative work by bloggers that Google’s latest tablet will be hobbled in Australia. Google should be more up-front about this kind of stuff.