I just received an email with news about the Android Market. If you’re not familiar with the Android Market, it’s the application store on Android G1 smartphones. Until now, all of the apps have been free. But now US and UK developers will be able to submit priced apps. These priced apps will start showing up for US users next week.
Here’s the whole message that I received:
I’m writing to let you know about a couple of updates to Android Market.
I’m pleased to announce that Android Market is now accepting priced
applications from US and UK developers. Developers from these countries
can go to the publisher website at http://market.android.com/publish to
upload their application(s) along with end user pricing for the apps.
Initially, priced applications will be available to end users in the US
starting mid next week. We will add end user support for additional
countries in the coming months.
We will also enable developers in Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France,
and Spain to offer priced applications later this quarter. By the end of
Q1 2009, we will announce support for developers in additional countries.
You can find more information about priced applications in Android Market
Google Checkout will serve as the payment and billing mechanism for
Android Market. Developers who do not already have a Google Checkout
merchant account can easily sign up for one via the publisher website.
Furthermore, I would like to let you know that Android Market for free
applications will become available to users in Australia starting February
15th Pacific Time and in Singapore in the coming weeks. You can now make
your applications available in these countries via the publisher website
Finally, if you would like to receive development and marketing
information, please go to your profile page at
http://market.android.com/publish/editProfile and select the “Contact me
occasionally about development and Market opportunities” checkbox.
We look forward to seeing your applications on Android Market.