Got an email yesterday from Aileen Apollo, Google Philippines Country Consultant about some exciting news for Android users in the Philippines. Google announced yesterday, May 12th that they will be expanding Android paid apps support to 99 new countries, which includes the Philippines. I’m sure Filipino Android users are very happy with this development as this means they’ll have access to more applications like games, social apps, productivity apps, photography apps, media & video apps, news & magazines apps, music & audio apps, etc.
Here’s the official announcement from Google:
Google expands support for paid Android apps to consumers in the Philippines
(Manila, Philippines, May 12, 2011) – Today Google announced that Android Market will increase consumer access and developer support for paid applications in several new countries, including the Philippines. Consumers from 99 new countries will be able to purchase apps from Android Market. This latest expansion of Android Market means more applications — including games, social, and productivity apps — for consumers.
The number of countries where Android users can purchase priced apps will increase to 131 including the addition of the Philippines. Consumers from these newly supported countries will now have access to over 200,000 free and paid apps in Android Market, which they can access directly from their Android-powered device. Apps will be priced in US Dollars, and can be bought through Google Checkout, which supports local Mastercard and Visa credit cards.
Android Market was launched to help developers distribute mobile applications on a level playing field, while enabling users to find and download apps that leverage the unique capabilities of the Android platform. Google is pleased to announce the expansion of Android Market’s offerings in these additional countries to deliver more apps for more people.
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Although the apps will be available and priced in US$ dollars, Filipinos and other Android users outside the US will be able to purchase apps because Google Checkout supports local Visa and Mastercard credit cards.
Since I got my Nook Color and turned it into a full blown Android Tablet, I’ve been purchasing quite a few apps from the Android Market myself. I’m glad to know that my kababayans (fellow Filipinos) and other Android users will also be enjoying this privilege soon.
Any Android users here coming from the Philippines or from the other 99 new countries supported by the Android Market? Now that paid apps are now supported in your country, which apps will you be purchasing? Please share your thoughts.