Searching for maps (not the same as having maps of all places) was not offered outside the US for years?
Google+ was offered without search outside the US?
Product Search was announced individually to people who wouldn't get it for 2-3 years? (non-us businesses still don't have the same chances as they can't become trusted stores as merchants outside US+UK+CA have never been accepted to Google Wallet even until now.)+Edwin Castillo
so why don't they even acknowledge that it's a limited #usonly
trial in the announcement and give any kind of rough timeframe for the real release to everyone?
"expected late next year" or something?
Just one purely organisational thing to think about:
Google has multiple large offices in each major country.
IF it where well organised, then the organisational and legal groundwork for any new service would start the same moment it starts in the US. Long before release. So by pure probability the first country for any release would not be the US, the US along with a few other countries or other countries would be included within weeks or at least 1-2 month.
You claim that one has to test the real world load first?
Then why is it services start in the huge US instead of some small country?
Realiy has it that services stay #usonly
for years. So obviously even the paperwork to offer a new service doesn't start until way after a any release.
Think of Gmail. One of the oldest services around.
A good deal of help pages has never been translated and links in the official Google Blogs give a "no such topic" (no link that an english version exists or even an automatic translation like Microsoft does it in MSDN a decade before Google got big).
Another example: We still have half of YouTube blocked in Germany because Google has yet to apply for negotiations for an individual music licensing plan. They simply didn't do that simple step and everyone here is pissed about the consequences. Google just blames GEMA to not have licensed the music while instead GOOGLE refused to pay the regular fees and simply failed to even start negotiating a reduced one. Why do we even have serveral Google offices in Germany?