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Google announce wider EU availability for Chromecast, Nexus devices, new Nexus charger

Wednesday 19th March 2014 by William Judd in Android, Mobile Accessories.

Good news, everyone! Google has announced that its wares will now be available in more European nation states. That includes Nexus devices (the Nexus 7 2013 and Nexus 5), the popular Chromecast HDMI dongle and a brand new Nexus-branded charger. Let’s take a look at what was announced.

Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 available in 8 new European territories

The biggest news was that the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 (2013) tablet are now available in eight new territories in Europe. The full list is Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden. It looks like pricing and availability is varying somewhat by location, but the Nexus 7 is going for €269 (16 GB) or €299 (32 GB), while the Nexus 5 is going for €349 (16 GB) or €399 (32 GB).

Google Chromecast comes to 11 new nations

The Chromecast HDMI dongle has proved to be a success for Google since it launched eight months ago in the United States, and today Google are bringing it to the wider world. Eleven new countries are included, many of which will have region-specific video apps available on the Chromecast from day one. The full list of launch countries is Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. The cost is remaining low too – £30 in the UK, €35 in Europe, and $39 in Canada.

New Nexus Charging Accessory

A new Nexus-branded microUSB charger rounds out the new arrivals. The Nexus charger has a nice design, with NEXUS written across the top of the boxy shape. The charger provides 1.8A of power, which should allow slightly faster charging than from the 1.2 and 1.35A chargers shipped with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 (2013). The charger costs $15 in the US, £10 in the UK, and €15 in the EU. Availability seems quite wide at the moment, including the new territories in which the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 launched in this week.

Conclusion

It was a big day of announcements from Google – and we haven’t even covered them all here. Look forward to a piece on Google Wear, a new Android offshoot designed for wearable devices like smartwatches, coming up soon on the Mobile Fun blog.

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