android-marketplace-paid-apps-1Android are updating their Market place, allowing developers to target new countries for free and paid applications, and also offer local language support in an increasingly large number of countries. Specifically, it is now possible for developers to target applications that they are distributing for free via the Android market place to new countries, including Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. For those that want to make a buck or two out of their work, paid applications will soon be added to Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Spain. Finally, local language support includes all the main European languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, German), but also Dutch and some eastern European languages such as Czech and Polish.

Rounding things off, developers are forced to supply the oldest SDK supported by their application. This will ensure that it is clear which applications will work on only Android 1.1 and 1.5, respectively. Overall it is good to see Google organising, as opposed to policing, developers and the applications they produce for consumers.

James Tromans

Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.