February 13, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
It seems to have been a pretty big week for the Android Market, just a few days ago we mentioned how the beta status was removed and now the Market will be featuring paid applications. Of course, this comes as little surprise, the rumors were there and really it was just a matter of time before it happened.
Anyway, the paid apps will be available first for developers in the US and the UK. Developers can begin to upload their applications and submit their end-user pricing immediately. As for when they will be available, users can begin to make purchases sometime in the middle of next week.
Other areas, which include Germany, Austria, France, Spain and the Netherlands will be getting support for paid apps later this quarter. It was also noted that paid application support for “additional countries” would be announced by the end of Q1 2009.
As far as payment, developers will have only one option — Google Checkout, but that really does not come as much surprise.
While I like the free apps, I am pretty excited about this announcement and feel this will really open Android up for some great apps. After all, not everyone wants to give their work away for free.