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Google Play Pass expands to the UK, France, Canada, Australia and more

Google Play pass is expanding to other markets outside the US. (Image: Google)
Google Play pass is expanding to other markets outside the US. (Image: Google)
Google Play Pass in now expanding to other countries following its September launch in the US. Also now in line for access to the subscription service include the UK, France, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain.

Google has posted a blog announcing the expansion of its Google Play Pass app and content subscription service beyond the US. The Apple Arcade competitor launched in September and is coming this week to the UK, France, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Spain. To find the service, users just need to launch the Play Store app, tap the menu at the top left and look for ‘Play Pass.’

New users can trial the service for one month at no charge, and then opt for either a monthly payment plan or get a sizeable 48 percent discount in choosing to pay for a year upfront – in this US, this amounts to $30. The latter is a new option and is worth considering if you want access to a wide selection of independent and mainstream games without ads or in-app purchases. It doesn’t have the same kind of exclusive games that feature on Apple Arcade, but there is definitely something there for everyone.

In fact, Google says that it has expanded the selection on offer to over 150 titles and continues to add new content every month. Current highlights include classics like Sonic the Hedgehog, Golf Peaks, Teslagrad, Forgotten Anne and Sally’s Law. Some games will actually premiere on Play Pass first this year, including recently released The Almost Gone with new titles like Bright Paw and Line Weight coming later this year. The ‘Apps and Games for Kids’ section now also includes titles from Sesame Street, Learny Land and others and can be identified by the ‘Teacher Approved’ badge.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-07-16 (Update: 2020-07-16)
Sanjiv Sathiah
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.