Last week we reported that Google was preparing to expand Android Market to support paid apps in several additional countries. Google’s press release stated, “Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding paid apps support for additional countries”.
Now TechCrunch has learnt, by the way of Distimo, that paid apps have already started appearing in several previously unsupported Markets. The countries which have been confirmed to have received paid apps are – Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Singapore and South Africa. Sweden and Hungary might also be in the list. Although India is not included in TechCrunch’s list, there is still hope for Indians. AndroidCentral claims that Google has been testing paid apps with select users in India.
The expansion of paid apps to more countries is a welcome move. Not only will this encourage developers to create more high quality apps, but also help in reducing piracy. However, if paid apps are still not available in your country, you can still access them using apps like “Market Enabler” and “Market Access(requires root).