Google has included India in an updated list of support location for merchants, which lists out countries in which developers can register as Google Checkout merchants and sell paid applications.
What this essentially means, is that Indian app developers can now sell paid applications on the Google Play Store.
Why is this important?
Well according to the Yourstory.in website, with this announcement, Android app developers and app development companies do not have to go through the trouble of opening company subsidiaries in other countries with merchant license privileges. App startups will benefit greatly from this.
The ability to sell paid apps will be an added advantage for developers, as it allows them to monetize apps apart from looking for advertising revenue.
NDTV reports however, that despite India’s addition in the list, it is not allowing developers to set up merchant accounts in Google Checkout, which is a compulsory step for selling paid applications.
Google has also not made an official announcement in this regard yet.
Google Play is the official application store for Android operating system and compatible Android devices are allowed to use it to download applications. According to the last estimates given by Google, there are over 600,000 Android apps in the store.