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By 12 May 2011 | Categories: news

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Google announced today that its Android Market will increase consumer access and developer support for paid applications within several new countries, including South Africa.
 
As of today, consumers from 99 new countries, including 26 African countries, will be able to purchases paid apps. Amongst the African countries are South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria. 
 
This expansion of the paid app support for the Android Market translates to more applications, the likes of games, social, and productivity apps becoming available to many more consumers. It also means that developers will gain many more selling opportunities, as they are now able to sell their apps within more locations around the world.
 
Consumers from these newly supported countries will have access to over 200 000 free and paid apps on the Android Market, which they can access directly from their Android-powered smartphone, such as the Red Bull Mobile HD, Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Defy MB525.
 
Google did state however, that local developers still won’t be able to sell apps in these countries yet. A list of countries wherein developers may register as Google Checkout merchants and sell paid applications can be viewed here.

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