UPDATED 14:20 EDT / SEPTEMBER 27 2010

Google Preps Developers for International Paid Apps Market

The Android paid apps support currently enabled in a Google-uncharacteristic number of only 14 countries seems to finally be heading to a long-anticipated significant expansion. The following e-mail sent to Android developers from Google indicates the same:

“Hello,

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…”

Not specifying anything about the exact time frame of the expansion or a single additional country being added to the list in the e-mail above (only emphasizing the future arrivals of e-mails to come), Google seems to be interested in creating a word-to-mouth “To be continued” sort of attraction and publicity to their latest news break. This will most definitely have a positive affect on the amount of app sales in the “following weeks”. Nonetheless, that hasn’t stopped app store analytics company Distimo and others from ‘openly-identifying’ around 12 new countries (including Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Singapore, Hungary etc) that will be added to that list.

As the smartphone phenomenon expands further and further on the global arena so does the Android paid apps market, which seems to be cutting off the free apps market more and more throughout its way to top. Maybe it’s because they’re more lucrative, maybe it’s because they’re better, but either way, the Android paid apps is growing, and the demand is constant.

Google’s made a number of key acquisitions related to social mobile gaming, but this ties directly with the potential behind its Android Market, particularly when it comes to paid apps. The growing number of app portals, outside of mobile platforms’, is also increasing distribution opportunities for developers. This encourages Google and others to retain their developer loyalties as much as possible, and in this area, Android is still winning, according to an insightful survey released by Appcelerator this morning.


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