Google expanded Android Market paid application support for developers to 29 countries and boosted to 32 the number of countries where consumers may buy apps for their Android phones.
Google took steps to alleviate a major pain point
of its Android Market by expanding support for paid
applications sales and purchases to additional countries.
The search engine is now letting developers sell apps
built for the Android operating system in 29 countries, up from just nine
through Sept. 30. Android Market accepts credit and debit card payments through
Until the change, developers could sell apps in the U.S.,
U.K., Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands and Spain.
With the expansion, developers may now also sell apps in Argentina, Australia,
Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico,
New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden,
Switzerland, and Taiwan.
To this point, users have been able to buy paid apps
from the Market in the U.S.,
Canada, U.K., Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland.
Google is expanding that number to 32
countries over the next two weeks, said Google's Android platform manager Eric Chu
The Android Market is adding Argentina, Brazil, Belgium,
Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico,
Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan as countries
where users may buy apps.
While it would be nice if Google synced the countries where
developers can sell and Android phone owners can buy paid apps,
Google's extension will greatly boost the opportunity for Android
developers seeking to sell their applications and for buyers who want
But it's still a far cry behind the 90-plus countries
where developers for Apple's iOS iPhone and iPad platform can sell their apps.
In August, Royal Pingdom found
that about 70 percent of the 250,000 apps in Apple's App Store are paid
apps, while the Android Market free-to-paid app ratio is practically a perfect
inverse: 64 percent of the 95,000 apps in the Android Market are free.
Fortunately for Android developers, Google isn't done
expanding paid app support.
other initiatives, we look forward to bringing the Android Market paid apps
ecosystem to even more countries in the coming months," Chu said.