Indian developers can now sell apps on Google Play (and why you should care)

by: Bogdan PetrovanOctober 19, 2012


In case you didn’t know, Google is only allowing developers in certain countries to publish monetized apps. This restriction is the reason why we still don’t have a Carbon for Android Twitter client – the developer of the app is based in the United Arab Emirates, from where Google (unlike Apple) does not accept paid apps submissions.

The good news for Indian developers is that Google now allows them to submit paid apps and apps that make use of subscriptions and in-purchases. Up until now, Indian devs were only able to submit free apps to the virtual marketplace.

Why is this newsworthy? Because India is home to millions of gifted developers, and opening up the doors of the Play Store to them will likely lead to more great apps in the Android ecosystem. In addition, India is the world’s fourth largest market in terms of Android downloads, and the change of policy will likely spur even more growth.

Indian app developers will be able to take advantage of all monetization options available, and sell their apps in the local currency, the Rupee.

  • Guest

    Truly an incredible news to all Indian developers :)

  • Sean Quinlan

    Why were they not allowed to submit paid apps before? I don’t understand how they could enforce that, aren’t the apps submitted online? Either way, the more developers the better.

    • Yeah a little background would be nice. I would assume it has something to do with the Indian government and not Google intentionally blocking any country, but who knows.

    • Rex

      I think it has more to do with enabling payment gateways and currency conversion to Indian rupees. These may have taken some time to set up.

  • Akshat Mittal

    I am from India and I am very happy after this news. This is a great news for All the Indian Developers.

  • woo hoooo!!

  • now we are talking…!!!!
    I m in..!!! haha..!!

  • Abhishek

    thats great news for Indian grey matters ..
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  • Deepak agarwal

    Thanks to google for listed India.
    ..DA Team ……..INDIA