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Update 2: The Android Developers blog has just posted on this, nearly a month later, officially (and finally) announcing the addition of India to the list of supported merchant countries, meaning Indian developers can now sell their apps and games on the Play Store. See the original story for more information.

Update: India has since vanished from the list of support countries for merchants. We've reached out to Google to shed some light on the situation, but for now, it appears merchant support for India has been put on hold.

Following the addition of a number of countries way back in April, Google has updated the Google Play for Developers site to indicate that developers in India can now sell apps on the Play Store. Obviously, this is a big deal. Not only because India is the second-most populous nation on earth, but because mobile technology and software development have absolutely exploded there. Android is absolutely dominating the country thanks to budget handsets.

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Doubtless, many developers in India have greatly anticipated this day. India joins a list that now includes 32 countries, though this is inarguably the biggest addition in some time.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    The photo still cracks me up (even though I suggested it). But seriously, that's a huge number of people who will now have a new drive to develop apps they can monetize. There's tons of talent in India, as it's quite a technically-adept country.

    Also, to clarify if it doesn't click right away: Indian developers could publish free apps before this, but now can publish paid ones.

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

      At least I don't see those stupid "apple" logo lights on those laptops ;-)

      • kindrudekid

        HA!!!! apple laptops thats two months salary for those people !!!

        • Saket

          As a person who owns an apple laptop bought from half of my salary. Sorry but this isn't true.

          • kindrudekid

            awesome bro !!

          • Samvith V Rao

            As a person who can't afford an Apple laptop because it costs twice my monthly salary, I disagree with you.

          • http://www.manishsinha.net Manish Sinha

            Good. You are the 1%

    • Glenn

      India seems to be one of the places that a lot of the app piracy comments come out of - the kind that says "I can't put a credit card on my phone so I download the APK". Surely Indian app devs are worried about becoming part of the trend, or do they think because they're Indian themselves, more people will buy the apps?

      I think Google really needs to fast-track those Play Store cards. Are they even still selling them in the US after the first leak? Bring them to countries like India and combined with devs being able to publish paid apps, the market will be given a huge push.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        But if they can sell to the rest of the world, their concerns would be unfounded - who can buy the apps hasn't changed, only who can sell.

      • anamika

        Thats a valid concern. But cards is not the answer. We do direct debit most of the time. I have a CC card but prefer direct debit.

      • Abhigyan Banerjee

        The issue here is more about Indians not wanting to stack up too much on credit cards too much. We are very anti-credit (and perhaps, smarter) that way. We prefer purchases straight from our bank accounts on debit cards. If we get direct debit support on the Play Store, I'm more than willing to bet that more people will buy.

        • Pallav

          Hi Abhigyaan, debit cards now work on google play store. At least my VISA branded card works. Hope that helps.

          • Abhigyan Banerjee

            I'm not sure about the VISA cards. I've tried using my Master Card but it keeps getting straight up rejected.

          • Pallav

            @google-c8e85a619e602f28e44d42980f7bc749:disqus I've linked my card to my google account through google wallet. Maybe you can try that. When I click on any paid app it simply processes my payment through my debit card. Hope that helps :)

          • http://richworks.in Richie

            I have a SBI VISA debit card which doesn't work. I don't know if this is the problem with stupid SBI regulations or just Google but it is annoying either way. I applied for the VISA card particularly for this reason and then it gets rejected..

          • Pallav

            @richbugger:disqus hey man, try linking the card to your google acc through google wallet. That's the way it worked for me, maybe it'll work for you too. I've an ICICI VISA debit card. Maybe you can check with some friend who has the same :) hope it helps.

        • ari_free

          I don't think anti-credit is smarter. There's more consumer protection when you use a card.

          • http://richworks.in Richie

            he says ...

            "We prefer purchases straight from our bank accounts on debit cards"

          • Aravind

            Those protection are not there in CC offered in india

    • kindrudekid

      problem is Indians are cheap, so the apps targeted towards indian will mostly be ad driven,

      unless they make apps targeted towards other countries...

      a dollar is still a lot of money by indian standards, it can get you 4 sandwiches !!!

      My source: I'm an Indian, residing in US since a year.

      • fixxmyhead

        bahahaha 4 sandwiches lol

      • An INDIAN

        I take it you've not been to India recently.

        • kindrudekid

          I meant cheap road side simple sandwich thay cost 10 rs at volleges that too

          • Harish

            In which part of India do they sell cheap sandwiches for 10 bucks. Try to visit India once and I bet you will take back that comment.

          • kindrudekid

            goverment colleges, i was in bhavans College Mumbai, Freaking plain sandwich was 8 rs in 2007, idli rs 6 ....

            may be around 15 rs now but i'm saying the lowest!!!

            when i was there, all the delivery guys [espicially courier] would eat there, they would ask us students to feed them in return for Mailing stuff like AIEEE forms, IIT forms and stuff

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725171 Karthik Nayak

            you do know its 2012 right ? now you get one sandwich for a 1$ in most places :P

          • someguy

            "was" Bwahaha..

          • gaurav

            dude college prices are always subsidized ! you should know that!

          • deb

            U are staying in US for 1 yr ...wow ...but couldn't learn English .... must be from IT company's onsite ...VOLLEGES ???? or COLLEGES ???

          • Freak4Dell

            Yeah, you're one to talk. /sarc.

      • Abhisshek Das

        well i am an Indian too but i would say now a days you can get only 2 Sandwiches not 4 :(

      • R0H1T

        Dunno if you're an "Indian" or not but you're certainly a douche, the other word(s) that come to mind will get me banned here, also what do you mean by cheap ? The food in most parts here is certainly cheap, relatively speaking to the rest of the world, but also that much more better off in taste & your remark was certainly a cheapshot anyways enjoy your stay there till you get deported back to God's own country !

    • Stormprobe

      What? India is a technically adept country? From which alternate universe are you from? Indians are world known for being severely technically inept. Our company started using them as level one support to save money and they all seem to be brain damaged.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I've worked with many engineers in my programming career, a lot of whom were Indian. Not all were bright, but a lot were. The laws of supply and demand will decide whether there will be any good apps made in India - if they end up making good ones, they'll float to the top. The way I look at it is if at least one great app comes out of it, even if the ratio is 100:1, we'll still be better off.

        • An INDIAN

          Well said, Artem.

      • An INDIAN

        Racist as**ole.
        You have no clue what you're talking about, so why talk?

      • Harish

        Hey bro. Intelligence is not unique to a country but to an individual. As an indian I ain't saying there are 1billion intellects in India but it doesnt mean that they are all inept. And your comment is bit uncalled for.

      • Baap

        Your comment shows how brain damaged you yourself are. F*** you racist moron.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710725171 Karthik Nayak

        its sad people like you still exist !!

      • Abhigyan Banerjee

        Being a Indian developer working for an MNC myself, I believe your comment is mightily incorrect.

        However, the one issue that I believe might arise is the fact that the design standards of most Indian apps might be below par. I've not met/interacted with too many good Indian UI/UX designers.

      • kid.darkness

        hmm.. dont know wat to say to you stromprobe... since u are an android user, maybe you should head over to xda forums to check out the talent that this inept country provides...cwm.. ahem ahem...

      • ari_free

        When you have a billion people you are going to find a lot of everything.

      • Pierre Gardin

        You had a bad experience, but you're jumping to the conclusions too quicky. They are idiots everywhere.

  • abhisahara

    AH finally !! :) After rom development now i need to develop apps....hahaha LOL

  • FrillArtist

    WOOT! Now they can spam us with scams and malware.

    • Stormprobe

      Get ready for an influx of crap apps.

      • UmangKedia

        Dude, you are really a racist guy. Get a life first!

        • kid.darkness

          maybe hez and apple guy :O

    • akash

      Oh yeah look up Microsoft's appfest in Bangalore.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    Google should hurry up and allow folks from the UAE to sell apps. I'd gladly pay the Carbon for Android guy (you know, for the Twitter client) some money after all that work - and yes, I know, it's not out yet but he's gonna release it for free after all the work he put into it and I don't think he'll get a lot of donations if he asks for it, I wouldn't mind to throw some bucks at him.

  • Ittiam

    Great news... now what we really want is, ability to pay through carrier account.... That would really explode the market

  • akash

    First of all its now 2 sandwiches lol Secondly the photo with no apple logo and the android growth in India show that we are technically adept .Just because five people were brain damaged doesn't mean the whole country is . Thirdly there are a lot of crap apps by India already but being able to earn through apps will definitely encourage serious devs plus apps made by them will be relatively cheaper.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Raghu25289 Raghu Mohan

    This only means we can.buy paid apps and developers can sell paid apps..

    It doesn't mean that an Indian all can be sold via an Indian account. I tried it and it doesn't work..

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Say what now?

    • Freak4Dell

      Damn...just when I thought I could finally buy an Indian on Google.

  • Ricky

    I bet Carbon for Android releases now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The Carbon dev lives in UAE though.

  • lut4rp

    I tried signing up for a merchant account, but it isn't working. The page just reloads without any change.
    Looks like Google is still working on something and we'll have to wait for their official announcement.

  • juctionrichie

    I was going through the comments and then I forgot what the topic was about! Price of 4 Sandwiches or Who has talented Indian friends and who has stupid Indian employee!
    By the way, about the topic, India is not much of a market of paid apps because most of the android sold here is the budget ones and 99% of the buyers goes for free apps compromising on quality. But yes, Indian Developers will aim to get foreign bucks(rather the dollars). This will attract more developers, some of them can enrich the poor collection of apps on/about India in GPlay also.

  • piyushnp

    I'm seeing a skyrocket growth for Indian Android Developers. More products developers will emerge out. Exciting time ahead.

    Fasten your belt.

    PS: for those who put nonsense arguments about Indian Dev, you better wait and watch. things will change now. Change is here.

  • Pallav

    Lot of Indians have paying capacity for apps. And as Indians we'd definitely love to pay for apps developed by Indian developers. Local devs know what functions people need from applications.

    Plus, whenever the Google Play Store cards become available here, there will be a LOT of potential for developers to earn.
    It's a great move on part of Google.

  • http://sushubh.net/ chromaniac

    This is cool. But what Google also needs to do is to bring carrier billing to India. Or an alternative form of payment. Right now only credit cards are supported and majority of teens... and even working folks under 25 do not have credit cards to pay for these apps. Just saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/idan.yael Idan Yael

    We are all doomed...

  • AgainstYouRacist

    People who are commenting against indian developers are just ones who lost jobs to indians or are on lower wadges due to them.. why not send indians back from silicon valley and USA back and see what you shitlods are upto maintaining your so called wealthy economy for 1 year ?

  • Mohit

    I think it was a mistake by Google and they corrected it by removing India from the list, joke of Indian developers :-(. http://www.techaloud.com/2012/09/google-removes-india-paid-apps-play-store/

  • http://www.sheikhaman.com/ Aman Alam

    Okay, I can't find India on the list of countries anymore.
    https://support.google.com/googleplay/android-developer/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=150324
    Was it a spoof or something?

  • Manuel Rivera

    Great for Indian friends. We are sure they will bring new ideas. Nice to don't see the rotten apple logo in the picture

  • anamika

    Now they should release the Nexus 7.

  • Harjit Sahota

    Very happy to hear :) AND im esspecially very happy because of the girl/woman sitting on right! Nice to see females also to tech-stuff :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=647942962 Jerome Vadon

    One day we - from iceland - will be able to do so... :s

  • disc order

    Paypal and most other online payment systems have long since hosed India and blacklisted the entire country for reasons unknown, forcing most app devs/merchants to simply buy 'virtual bank accounts' in the US and then withdraw from them using ATM cards in India cladestinely :)

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