March 15, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Paid Android apps are now available in Canada. I repeat: Canadians can now download paid apps. A previous rumor suggested that the Android Market would be upgraded for Canadians to access priced Android apps soon, and I just received word from that the time has finally come.
Canadians have long been crying out for access to paid apps, a privilege previously unavailable above the 49th Parallel. Reader Froli13 just sent me a message saying he was able to buy his first app today on his TELUS HTC Hero. After Froli sent a screenshot confirming his purchase and reliable Canadian site MobileSyrup.ca posted a video, I started writing this post.
Congrats to all our Canadian readers, but let me remind you of three key points before you dash to the Android Market.
* Certain paid apps may still be unavailable or troublesome if your phone has not been upgraded beyond Android 1.5 (Cupcake). Apps designed for use on 1.6 (Donut) or higher are often incompatible with certain phones, so if you don’t see an app listed in the market, that’s probably why.
* You have 24 hours to change your mind. If an app is incompatible or disappointing, you have 24 hours to decide whether or not to keep it. Open the Android Market and go to your “Downloads” page to see the list of installed apps, select the app you no longer want, and press the refund button.
* App prices are listed in American dollars, British pounds, Euros, or Yen. The market lists app prices based on the currency used by the home country of the DEVELOPER, not the user. If someone in England releases a paid app for 5 GBP, the display will not convert the price into Canadian dollars. Be sure to consider that when deciding how much you are willing to pay.
Thanks for the tip, Oliver!