We told you yesterday. But few argued that it’s not yet possible. And it’s official now. Developers in India can sell paid applications, in-app products and subscriptions in Google Play with monthly payouts to their local bank accounts, Google has said.
In a blogpost, Ibrahim Elbouchikhi, Product Manager on the Google Play Team said:
Starting today, developers in India can sell paid applications, in-app products, and subscriptions in Google Play, with monthly payouts to their local bank accounts. They can take advantage of all of the tools offered by Google Play to monetize their products in the best way for their businesses, and they can target their products to the paid ecosystem of hundreds of millions of users in India and across the world.
Android developers in India can get started by signing in to the developer console and setting up a Google Checkout merchant account like we wrote yesterday. “If your apps are already published as free, you can monetize them by adding in-app products or subscriptions. For new apps, you can publish the apps as paid, in addition to selling in-app products or subscriptions,” Elbouchikhi wrote.
With seller support, Google has also added buyer’s currency support for India.
Google says that over the past year, Android device activations in India have jumped more than 400%, bringing millions of new users to Google Play and driving huge increases in app downloads. In the last six months, Android users in India downloaded more apps than in the previous three years combined, and India has rocketed to become the fourth-largest market worldwide for app downloads, the company said.