Google adds 20 new countries to it’s paid application list

Now available in 29 countries

As we reported on Monday Google was planning to add additional countries to it’s paid app support, and they’ve come up trumps. There are now 29 countries where developers can sell apps on the Google Android market.

From today Android developers can sell their apps in 29 countries, up from just nine.

Today’s additions include; Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Commenting on the blog Eric Chu, Android Developer Ecosystem Manager said, “We have been hard at work on this and it is my pleasure to announce that effective today, developers from 20 more countries can now sell paid apps on Android Market. Additionally, over the next 2 weeks, users in 18 additional countries will be able to purchase paid apps from Android Market.”

If you’ve selected your paid apps to be available to “All Locations” then the site will automatically make the app available to the new countries. However as Chu points out “If you have not selected “All Locations” and would like to target these additional countries, or if you have selected “All Locations” and do not want to launch your apps in these additional buyer countries, please visit the Android Market publisher site regularly over the next two weeks to make the necessary adjustments as the new buyer countries launch.”

While 29 countries or even 34 countries – weirdly users can buy apps in more countries than developers can sell them in – is encouraging it’s still a long way from the 90-plus countries where developers for Apple’s iOS iPhone and iPad platform can sell their apps.

However Google do plan on adding more as Chu says “Among other initiatives, we look forward to bringing the Android Market paid apps ecosystem to even more countries in the coming months.”

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