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Paid apps spotted in Android Market

February 20, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka

Android

Paid apps spotted in Android Market

Paid apps have finally entered the Android Market according to the blogosphere, but many are still in the Android wilderness and unable to spend money on those apps. A number of blogs are circulating an image showing the first batch of paid apps in the Android Market, but I see only apps that cost nothing other than bandwidth usage. Go figure.

A number of bloggers posting the story, originated by Boy Genius Report, have been unable to verify the availability of paid apps. In fact, the first app seen in the image, Aviator Watch, still shows up as free in the Market on my T-Mobile G1.

Users in the T-Mobile Support forums have also been able to see the apps other than one user in Oklahoma City. I’m willing to venture that this is Google or T-Mobile’s doing to make sure that the paid apps become available only in stages. We’ve all seen how both companies have favored releasing major changes/updates in stages rather than a universal rollout.

Have you gotten paid apps in the market on your G1/HTC Dream yet?

UPDATE: Google confirms staged rollout plans
This was posted to the Android developer’s blog:

Last Friday, we enabled developers to upload priced apps and saw a flurry of activity in the days that followed. Today, it is my pleasure to let you know that we have begun the phased rollout of priced applications to T-Mobile G1 users in the US. Once the service is enabled on their devices, T-Mobile G1 users will be able to see the priced apps immediately without the need to reboot.