Google Play is the Apps market for Android mobile operating system. Google Play has added India as one of the countries from where developers could publish paid Apps.
Indian Developer go to the Google Play countries list. Where developers are allowed to sell paid apps on the Google Play Store. This move will allow individual app developers and development companies from India to sell their apps on Android devices and also enable in-app purchases.
Google has also added a few more countries including Czech Republic, Israel, Poland and Mexico back in April, now enabling the same in India. While Google Play already allows users to purchase apps in INR, developers from India can now make some profit via the Play Store.
If you are a developer who is interested to start selling paid apps, it will cost you $25 USD to sign-up for the new developer account. This will allow developers to launch paid apps, include in-app purchases and launch paid ad-free version for their ad-supported apps.
“The move was overdue for some time now,’’ said Ashish Sinha, founder of Pluggd.in, one of the prominent websites focused on local start-ups.
“This will pave the way for creating business models around innovative Apps. Android is big in the Indian smart devices space, and this will help fuel development of the localised Apps, too,” he added.
On its official Google Developer support page — https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer — Google listed India as one of the countries from where developers could register as Google Check-out merchants and sell paid Applications.
Next Wave Multimedia in Chennai, which has published more than 10 Apps each on both the Apple iTunes and the Android Marketplace over past three years, was one of the early entrants in the mobile Apps space.
The company’s director P. R. Rajendran said: “We have lived with this condition for some time now where we literally run two companies, and are subject to dual taxation.
This is a welcome move on the part of Google,” he said.
N. Madhumathi, who runs e-learning service Empower, said the barrier was one of the reasons why her company could not launch its Android app ‘Videos to Learn’ that had e-learning packages for school and college students.
“It was not viable for a small company like ours to launch operations in the U.S. just to put the App on Google Play. Besides, our App is India-specific in content. This will only help us now.”
The developer community plays a vital role in the booming smart device ecosystems. Android claims to have over 6.50 lakh Apps in its Google Play directory while Apple claims to have more than seven lakh Apps on iTunes.