01
May
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While developers from a startling number of countries can post apps to the Google Play Store for users around the world to download, setting up the infrastructure for these developers to sell paid apps - and more importantly, to get paid for their apps - isn't quite so widespread. Today Google is opening up Google Wallet Merchant registration to eight more countries, allowing developers in those countries to get paid in their local currency.

The new countries and currencies are as follows:

  • Greece (Euro)
  • Luxembourg (Euro)
  • Romania (Leu)
  • Saudi Arabia (Riyal)
  • Slovakia (Euro)
  • Turkey (Lira)
  • Ukraine (Hryvnia)
  • Vietnam (Dong)

Developers in these countries can head to the Google Play Developer console to get started - a registration fee ($25 in the US, equivalent amounts elsewhere) will be applied if you don't already have free apps available. Also note that in some countries, including Slovakia, Ukraine, and Vietnam, Google pays out in wire transfers instead of direct bank transfers. Still, I expect those developers who have been waiting for this won't mind the minor inconvenience in exchange for finally being able to sell paid apps.

Today's expansion brings the number of countries that Google supports with Wallet Merchant and thus paid app publishing to 45, out of 150 countries that can upload free apps. Note: this isn't the same as the countries where users can pay for apps - there are currently 134 countries where end users can buy apps, including all eight above.

Source: Google Play Store support

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Sammy

    Finally in Saudi Arabia

  • Jonathan Ly

    1. Wow, Luxembourg didn't have paid apps yet?????

    2. Why is my home country of Vietnam have the weirdest currency name (Dong)

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

      This is a list of countries where developers live, not buyers.

    • fahadayaz

      £1 is the same as around 35,000 dong! :o

    • Gaurav Arora

      Haha yo dong! Vietnam currency has swag :]

    • yrrq

      ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ raise your dongs ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ ノ

    • yrrq

      ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ raise your dongs ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ ノ

    • TonGi018

      I too was quite surprised to hear that Luxembourg wasn't on that list already.

    • TonGi018

      I too was quite surprised to hear that Luxembourg wasn't on that list already.

    • vn33

      That's what happen when you lose all the phonetic symbols in English ...
      "Dong" is actually "Đồng"

  • Raed Ibrahim Albloushy

    Wow! KSA is finaly in one of those lists! 😁

  • Leo Kanellopoulos

    At last!!!! Greece is in the list :D

    • My name is….

      im pretty sure all the Greek paid apps will be shitty, just like the free ones.

      • Leo Kanellopoulos

        it doesn't really have to do with the country.. i have seen shitty apps from all over the world =P

      • Kostas

        You can't possibly know every single Greek app especially those that don't come with a greek name on the title or in developer's name.

  • Konstantinos Pap

    Wow, I didn't know Greeks couldn't publish paid apps. :O Were we living in Narnia all those years?

  • 98

    Still no South Africa? A fed-up Thoopid recently released their game Snailboy on the Play Store for free after settling on the Samsung and Amazon App Stores for some months.

  • Zhelyazko Atanasov

    Well Bulgaria is between Greece, Turkey and Romania and still we are missing. At least we can open an account in some of these cointries :)

    • Dee Norbert

      Sorry for you.But hey you will have netflix this year we dont :(

    • Dee Norbert

      Sorry for you.But hey you will have netflix this year we dont :(

  • Sergejs Babikovs

    Any knowledge on how Google makes Google Play services (TV & Movies, paid Music etc.) available un countries?

    • Dee Norbert

      Romania please.

    • Dee Norbert

      Romania please.

  • http://www.droidzone.ro/ Adi

    That's great news!
    However the currency for Romania should be RON, as Leu can refer to either ROL - old leu, or RON - new leu. :)

    • G

      Oh shut up. The currency of Romania is leu, the denomination process finished over 7 years ago, and only the pathetic losers insist of using figures in the old currency.

  • KarimMunir

    What happens if a person from an unlisted country tries to publish a paid app? Does he get paid in dollars or doesn't at all?

    • Pavel Sikun

      There's no option to upload paid apps if you're from unlisted country. I'm ukrainian myself, but I was using one trick to publish as american. Now I finally can do things proper way!

  • Jalja Mehta

    People in these countries are having really great app ideas and even very great app developers too. So Finally , this is a great news for those & for Offshore App Development Companies
    India to get projects from this countries who can publish paid apps now.

  • _artem_

    Carbon for Twitter will obviously become paid app now... dev told me a year ago that it's free app because he can't sell apps from Saudi Arabia

  • Pavel Sikun

    Wooooo! How can I transfer my account from US to Ukraine! I waited so long for this!

    • Mike Reid

      Might be hard.

      First you'd have to admit to breaking the rules I guess. (No, I'm not defending the rules.)

    • exim

      In the first place, my Ukrainian brother, how did you create your US account? ;)

      • Pavel Sikun

        If it's you asked me about this via mail - I've answered already :) If that weren't you - ask me there.

  • Joosep

    How long will it take for developers from Estonia to be able to sell apps/game !?!?!?!?! Really annoying transferring money via Finland...

    • exim

      And Georgia

  • Ayo Victor Ogunfunmi

    Now flappy bird is going to be a paid app. Fudge

  • Sophia Patel

    wow this is great i like it.

    http://www.windowindia.net/

  • Ismail

    Pakistan is very Big country from these eight countries and have the Billions of Android users. Google should include Pakistan also in the list this year

  • Hitman7987

    South Africa, anytime now Google...

  • Lexeres

    belarus please!!!