Fresh on the heals of the rumor that Android users in China could soon begin downloading apps from the Google Play Store, Google has announced that Chinese developers can now offer paid apps in the Google Play Store.
This is huge news for the global Android market. Do keep in mind that Chinese developers may now be able to sell paid apps to most of the globe, but until that other bit comes to pass, they cannot purchase apps through the Play Store made in their homeland. We expect that will get sorted out pretty quick, but until then, developers may not be keen on jumping on board just yet.
Allowing Chinese developers into the Google Play Store means that developers from now sixty countries can sell you your favorite games and productivity apps.
Chinese developers will need to jump through the standard set of hoops, including establishing a developer account through the Google Play Store and setting up a merchant account in Google Wallet. When the purchases start rolling in, you will be paid via USD wire transfer.
While we certainly look forward to an influx of new and quality apps in the Google Play Store, we also worry that some of our favorite apps, that have previously been free of charge, will now ask us to pony up a few bucks for continued use or access to new ‘premium’ content.
For more information, including the full announcement in Chinese, head on over to Google’s post here.
What do you say, will the introduction of paid apps from Chinese developers be a good thing for Android users around the globe?