Additional Countries to Receive Android Paid App Support [Update 9-30-2010]

Additional Countries to Receive Android Paid App Support [Update 9-30-2010]

Sep 29, 2010

Update 09/30/2010: It seems they have officially announced the list of countries added plus more to come. Check out this excerpt:

Source: Android Developers Blog

More Countries, More sellers, More buyers

Posted by Tim Bray on 30 September 2010 at 12:50 PM

[This post is by Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem. — Tim Bray]

Support for paid application sales is now expanded to developers in 29 countries, with today’s additions of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

In addition, Android Market users from 32 countries will be able to buy apps, with the addition of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan.

About a week ago Google sent out a letter to developers to inform them that additional countries would be receiving paid app support. This was happy-happy-joy-joy news for developers. More countries means more business which means more apps. This sounds like great news for everybody. So what countries will be getting this support? Google didn’t say, but it turns out app store analytics company Distimo has noticed paid apps making their way into the Android Markets of previously unsupported countries.

While this is still not concrete proof, it’s good enough for me to believe. Here are some of the newly added countries that were identified by Distimo: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Singapore and South Africa. That’s 13 additional countries on top of the 14 already supported. That almost doubles the total amount of supported countries. This is a huge step forward for the Android Market and for Android app developers.

I have a feeling we will get the official list in a couple of days so stay tuned for more info and added countries. This is exciting news for developers. Below you will find the email Google sent to developers about a week ago.


We’re writing to inform you about some changes to Android Market that require your attention.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding paid apps support for additional countries. If you have selected to publish your paid apps to all locations and intend to support all new locations as we expand the number of supported countries for paid apps, you don’t have to do anything. If you have selected to publish your paid apps to all locations but intend to only target the currently supported 14 countries, please update your location selections to target these specific countries.

Please look for follow-up emails when we introduce paid apps support for specific additional countries in the coming weeks. At that time, you’ll have the option to target these specific countries.

Thanks, and we look forward to continue working with you on Android

The Android Market Team

Source: TechCrunch