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You may be seeing a lot more round numbers in Google Play soon. Developers now have the option to set prices in the local currency of 25 new countries through the developer console. This applies to regular purchases and in-app purchases.

Here are the 25 countries that look to be getting local pricing support.

  • Australia
  • Bolivia
  • Bulgaria
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Malaysia
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Keep in mind that these locations may have already been showing local currency in Google play, but now devs can actually set a price in that currency. Without this support, the Wallet transaction is processed in a different currency, even if the Play Store converted to your local one. Google will do automatic conversions for developers who don't set prices for all the new currencies by February 12th. Those will be the prices going forward unless developers change them.

[Google Play Support]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Roberto Giunta

    United Arab Emirates? What a shame. About 2 years too late for the Carbon Twitter client... #BadGuyGoogle

    • Mufeez

      What do you mrean?

      • Roberto Giunta

        M.Saleh Esmaeili ( https://plus.google.com/+MSalehEsmaeili/posts ) made the Twitter client "Carbon" ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotsandlines.carbon ).

        Back then he wanted to charge for it but because devs from the UAE weren't able to put in paid apps into the Play Store, his motivation to complete the Twitter client wasn't really that high. So besides not finishing it due to lack of motivation because he couldn't charge for it, he waited and then released it finally for free in February 2013. He had a donate button in his app but I can't imagine it brought him as much money as if he could have released the app in the Play Store like everybody else.

        And man, I get downvoted? For what? Saying that Google is too slow when it comes to such crucial things? Where the fuck are the Play Store Point cards? They are released in like 5 or 6 countries worldwide. How hard can it be to release them globally?

        • Cheeseball

          It shouldn't be hard, especially when Apple has been doing that in more countries for years now.

  • Hrishikesh Bisen

    Wow great.....

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.damiani.pr Tony Damiani

    Puerto Rico gets left behind again... -_-

  • HebeGuess

    Already active in Malaysia. Why are they using two different unit in mobile (MYR) and web (RM), Both valid, I prefer latter.. Playstore team need a better coordination.

    • Himmat Singh

      Yeah RM should be the correct symbol. Anyway, shame $1 is RM3.50 by Google but RM2.99 by Microsoft (on Windows Phone Store).

      • john

        International the currency will read MYR (Malaysian Ringgit) in English.
        Locally in your country it be RM ( Ringgit Malaysia) in Malaysian language.
        Hope this clarify all.

    • john

      Play store got it right . The official currency is read MYR.

  • ginobili

    Chile

    yeeeeeeeeeeey

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  • fjleon

    keep in mind that this is only to show you the prices in your local currency, not actually pay in it. In my country Venezuela we can only spend 300$ USD a year

    • Carlos Rodríguez

      Yeah, that's a shame. F***ng Maduro!

      Cheers!

    • catiremedina

      Yep if they started selling in our local currency they'd have to leave whatever they make here, since the government would probably not allow them to take any of their profits out of the country.

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  • Himmat Singh

    What a bummer. Google Play translates $0.99 as RM3.50, while Windows (Phone) Store translates it as RM2.99. Just going by the US conversion (where $1 is usually ~RM3.30) was better. :(

    • ianmone

      Also could not buy with Amex. Can't we change this back to USD?

  • jazoom

    You sure that's shouldn't be Austria? I've been setting Australian currency since 2012. Plus I'm Australian and many apps have rounded prices.

    • RyanWhitwam

      I thought it was weird too, but Australia seem to be new on the list. Display currency is different than devs actually being able to set a price in a currency, though.

      • jazoom

        But you can set a price in Australian dollars. In fact, for as long as I've been a developer you can even set prices for specific Australian carriers.

  • Lucas Tanos

    Argentina one step back

  • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

    Yay!!! Finally KSA is on one those lists, we never get any support. We don't have anything just the apps. :(

  • Sarah Login

    Yay, bring on the Oceanic markups!