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October 1, 2010

More People Can Buy Apps from the Android Market

If there's one thing that Google should do to improve Android, it's developing a better Android Market. Google's app store has a lot of limitations, it still doesn't have a desktop interface, applications are priced in multiple currencies, and it's not easy to find new applications.

Android Developers Blog announced that people from 18 additional countries will be able to buy Android apps. The new countries are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden, and Taiwan. Google says that paid apps will be available over the next two weeks. Android Market's paid apps will be available in 32 countries and Google promises to bring them to even more countries in the coming months.

Now that many other companies develop Android app stores, Google has to improve the Android Market if it doesn't want to see too many Android phones without the market.


  1. still no paid apps in luxembourg :(

  2. @Anonymous Google says that paid apps will be available over the next two weeks. :)

  3. I would be nice if they let australian businesses have a checkout account so we can sell our apps on the market! What is the point in letting everyone pay for apps when only a handful of countries can sell the apps?

  4. I am a happy owner of Samgung Galaxy, and I must say, that this is not possible to compare Android powered devices with Widlows or other systems :] This start to be a perfect community around Android and I suppose I will also buy some apps for it

  5. I have a Samsung Galaxy S bought in the Near East with SlideMe instead of the regular Market. I have no access to ROM Manager in SlideMe so I thought I could buy it from the regular Market. Well, I paid the fee for the complete version but I can't download on my machine, nor does it let me download the .apk file on my PC so I could later move it to the phone.
    To me, the net result os this dumb setup is that I can spend money but get 0 apps and nowhere to complain. This stinks! I have yet to understand why things are so complicated! and why some sites let you buy things without making sure you can get what you buy. Damn near dishonest operation!!