It feels like only yesterday that the Google Play Store finally made gift cards available, however — like many things Google — they were restricted to the US market. We’ve neither seen nor heard anything about the gift cards being available in Australia, and despite a number of discussions with Google Australia, there’s no hint of them coming here, or anywhere apart from the US.
Well, today that might be changing.
Just before Christmas, the ability to “redeem” gift cards appeared on Google’s online and device-based stores, and many suspected the ability to actually buy the cards would materialise before the holiday season. Sadly, that didn’t happen. Not a word.
Fast forward to February 2013, and we’re seeing that Google has updated its “Gift cards & Google Play balance” help files with information specific to the UK market, including a specific statement that gift cards are available in the UK, and they are listed in UK denominations – £10, 25, and 50.
All signs point to an imminent arrival of Gift Cards in the UK, but whether they’ll make the jump to Australia in a timely fashion, who knows. Need we remind you that Google Checkout for Sellers is available in the US and UK (and has been for quite a while), but still remains out of reach to us in Australia.
Our fingers, as always, remain crossed.