September 25, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson
According to an email Google sent out to registered Android developers yesterday, more countries will finally get support for paid apps in the next few weeks. No official word on precisely which countries will be added, or how many, but users in an XDA forum thread (update: the thread appears to have been moved) report that Hungary, Poland, and Sweden now can access paid applications in the Market. The list is expected to grow in the coming weeks.
Until now, no more than 14 nations have been able to enjoy the privilege of paid apps support. As Andrew discussed in an opinion piece last month, software piracy has likely increased in regions where users haven’t been able to purchase Market apps, and this limitation has generally been one of the major grievances for global Android fans.
Do you live in a country where paid apps just got available? If so, congrats, and let’s keep our fingers crossed that the number of countries with paid apps soon will grow significantly.
Android Market Support
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
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Via [Android Police]