At the end of last week, Google sent out word to developers that paid Android app support will soon be available in more countries “over the next few weeks.” Strangely other than that, we did not get much information from Google. It took the app store analytics company Distimo to give us some real information regarding what countries are currently popping up with paid app support.
So far Distimo has identified 12 of these new countries they are as follows:
Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Singapore, Sweden and South Africa
Coming from Google’s already 14 country presence, another 15 would be more than doubling the amount of supported countries, opening up a lot more potential for marketshare.
Google’s email is as follows:
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 Market.
Sincerely, The Android Market Team
Mountain View, CA 94043"