Around a year and a half ago, Google removed access to paid apps from the Taiwanese Play Store after a complaint was issued claiming that the company violated a local law demanding a seven day return window. A surprisingly short court battle ensued and 8 months later Mountain View walked away with a $34k fine (you read that right), and a losing appeal. The company opted, at that point, to simply remain out of the Taiwanese market. Until now.

We reached out to Google to confirm that it was, indeed, offering paid apps again. The company had this to say:

“Google Inc. is pleased to announce that Taiwan users can once again find and purchase paid apps on Google Play."

This should come as good news not only to Taiwan but all international markets. Google is working to bring paid apps (and other content) to more nations and apparently the company is more flexible than it was in the past. Whether that's due to new infrastructure or just a loosening in policy is anyone's guess.

Source: Google