Google Opens Android to Paid Apps
Google is now allowing developers to sell applications for its Android platform via the Android Market.
In a blog post on Feb. 13, Eric Chu, mobile platform program manager for Google, said:
I'm pleased to announce that Android Market is now accepting priced applications from US and UK developers. Developers from these countries can go to the publisher website at http://market.android.com/publish to upload their application(s) along with end user pricing for the apps. Initially, priced applications will be available to end users in the US starting mid next week. We will add end user support for additional countries in the coming months.
Moreover, Chu said Google "will also enable developers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France and Spain to offer priced applications later this quarter. By the end of Q1 2009, we will announce support for developers in additional countries."
He continued, "Google Checkout will serve as the payment and billing mechanism for Android Market. Developers who do not already have a Google Checkout merchant account can easily sign up for one via the publisher Web site."
The entrance of priced applications from developers is expected to raise the level of quality and overall quantity of applications available for the platform.
In addition, Chu said, "Android Market for free applications will become available to users in Australia starting February 15th Pacific Time and in Singapore in the coming weeks. Developers can now make their applications available in these countries via the publisher Web site" listed above.
He also said, "Developers can find more
information about priced applications in Android Market at http://market.android.com/support/."