Google just informed Android developers that they will be adding paid apps support for additional countries in the coming weeks. No details were provided on exactly which countries will be added, but it is still a good sign that Google is finally addressing one of the bigger complaints about the Market.
Currently 14 countries support purchasing paid apps, while only 9 countries can distribute them. I’ve heard quite a few stories of iPhone devs who wanted to bring their apps to Android, but they are unable to sell them so they have delayed their efforts.
Expect another update with specific details next month. Which country do you hope Google adds to their list?Show Press Release
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