The Google Store sells phones, Chromebooks, smartwatches, and smart speakers (or whatever you want to call things like Google Home), among other products. But the Google Store isn’t available in all countries.
Up until recently, that’s meant if you wanted to buy Google WiFi while living in an unsupported country, your best bet was to get a friend living abroad to order it for you and ship it.
But now Google offers a way to buy items from any country’s version of the Google Store. All you need is a valid shipping address in the country where you want to order from.
In other words, Android Police’s Rita El Khoury can order items from the US Google Store, even though she lives in Lebanon. Sure, she can’t get anything shipped directly to her home that way, but she can have it sent to a friend in the US.
Google positions the new feature as a way to send gifts across the globe, but it also opens the door to buying something for yourself if you live in a place where the Google Store doesn’t exist.
Sadly, this only applies to the Google Store, and not to the Google Play Store, which is the digital marketplace where Google sells apps, games, music, movies, and eBooks. Some of those digital items may only be available in certain regions, and prices may vary from country to country. The new Google Store country picker won’t let you get around those restrictions.