Google quietly opens its Play devices store to Irish users

19 Mar 2014

Google's Nexus 5 smartphone

Hardware sales on Google Play were previously reserved for Ireland’s neighbours in the UK and those in other selected markets, but now consumers in Ireland can buy certain Nexus devices direct from the Android-maker.

The new Nexus 5 smartphone is available in black, white or red, with 16GB or 32GB of storage, priced from €349 on Google Play. The Android 4.4 device can be dispatched in one to two business days with an additional delivery cost of €9.99.

Buyers in Ireland can also pick up last year’s Nexus 7 tablet, priced from €229 depending on storage and connectivity options, and with free delivery for a limited time.

Both these devices are now available in a total of 20 countries via the Google Play store, with the LTE-compatible Nexus 7 available in a subset of 12 (Ireland being one of them).

Consumers in Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and more can also pick up accessories, such as sleeves for the Nexus 7, and bumper cases or LG QuickCover full-body cases for the Nexus 5.

It’s a limited range compared to the devices available on Play stores in other countries, but for those looking for the latest from Google, this may be their online outlet of choice. Consumers can even start creating a wish list.

Thanks to reader Adrian Crawley for the tip!

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.