Why I Hate Google – Regional Restrictions

I have been a huge proponent of Google and their Android platform, I love it, its great, flexible and the selection of phones are insane, so many to choose from. I liked what they have done with their Play Store, now its really organized and only getting better. Even with the release of the Nexus 4 I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

My one major issue with them is the region segregation, its annoying as hell, Apple honestly makes no difference what so ever. If your account is registered in the US then you are treated as if you are within the US and get access to all the software, shows, and movies.

Google operates differently, even if you are a US account with a US Credit Card and Address you don’t get access to everything on the US store which drives me nuts. Except if you have a US sim in your phone, but if you have a tablet then it does it based on your location.

While I was in the states I bought Iron Man, Transformers, and Star Trek, just movies I love watching again and again just to see how the Nexus 7 works with and they are amazing movies. And I downloaded it onto my machine not just streaming, so I can take it back home with me to Kuwait and play it normally. Now in Kuwait with the movies on my device it won’t let me play them, are they serious, thats just ridiculous. People willing to pay for whats legal but if you stop them from getting it legally then they will get it illegally, what they are doing is ridiculous, they are seriously stopping a source of revenue, people want access.

Apple products are amazing I will say that about them, even though I hate the company, and even for my love for Google, they have screwed up and they need to learn from Apple that got something right. Fix this already.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!


  1. Ahmad

    I haven’t tried buying movies or music from Google but it really sucks that even if you have the movie downloaded you need to have a US sim to play it.

    Thankfully, this is the not the case with apps. Once you download an app not available in the Kuwait market it stays on your device even if you replace your sim. In my case it’s the Amazon Kindle app.

    I hope the restrictions don’t extend to them!

  2. DVLz

    The market is getting better but not really that organized. If you use other apps such as appAware you’ll see the big difference in both. As for location restriction I’ve seen how it works, it checks your IP(wifi),GPS,Telecommunication provider. The old market just needed vpn for the trick to work but now it’s more than that. The easiest way to access the US market is to root your phone, then search on XDA’s website for a modified play store apk which removes the damn countries restriction. The other way is to turn everything off and use a sim card. That really pissed me off cause the ps3 app is for europe only and xbox smartglass for US only I think. Over all I’m still not pleased especially when they are hiding the good apps and showing the crappy ones, and their main page always advertises the same old apps. Even during special promotion they show the same apps. BTW Gameloft has 4 games on sale for $0.99.

  3. Ahmad

    try market enabler :)

  4. And that my friend is why Apple always surpasses Google! :P

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