Android has expanded its paid applications support to 32 countries, and with this, Indian mobile subscribers with handsets running the Google Android operating system can purchase paid applications. From what a Google Mobile exec told us, there is no telecom operator billing integration in India yet, though one can use Google Checkout for purchasing apps. However, from a developer standpoint, there is disappointment: while the developers from 29 countries can sell apps at the Android Market, Indian developers can’t (yet).
A workaround that a developer told us about – register an office in the US, and collect payments there. Even then, it’s not pragmatic to expect all developers to set up an office in the US, and Android needs to address the problems: if Indian’s can pay and buy apps, why can’t they sell?
Note that Android has a $25 developer registration fee.
According to a note on the Android developers blog:
– 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.
– 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. Nine other countries: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.
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