Argentine Android developers no longer getting paid from Google starting June 27th
The reason for Google's action may have to do with the country's crackdown on currency exchange and in Google's letter, the company said that while no specific plans are in the works, it does hope to eventually resume payments to Argentine developers. Meanwhile, Argentine Android users can still buy apps in the Google Play Store and developers can still put up free apps.
Google does suggest one option for Argentine developers who want to continue getting paid for their apps. By moving their account to another country where they can legally do business, Argentine developers can still collect from Google.
source: Celularis (translated), TheVerge via AndroidCentral
1. Lauticol (Posts: 100; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)
I live in Argentina, the crackdown on the currency exchange is horrible! If you want to buy a new phone, you have to do it outside the country because here it's too expensive. For example, a Samsung Galaxy S3 it's 300 dollars with 2 years contract at 50 dolars per month! And it's not unlocked...
2. hmd74 (Posts: 189; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
In Iran we are experiencing your conditions for 35 years...
An employee in Iran is paid 500$ in month; and A GS4 is 650$...
3. james004 (Posts: 404; Member since: 15 May 2013)
thats why asian market get less expensive version of high end phone. such as galaxy Grand instead galaxy S3. mean while people who can afford s3 will get it.
6. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
Yea in india spending half lakh rupee for a phone is very difficult for people.
That why Samsung reducing cost some how by inserting china chip yet no make phone that bad by adding S3 camera.. grand is big hit.
4. yero789 (unregistered)
WOW guys are you serious?Phones on contract here in Armenia have the same price as the unlocked version would cost.iPhone 5 here(unlocked,16GB) costs 900$,Lumia 920 is 700$,etc,etc.....
10. thekai12 (Posts: 25; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
That is nothing compared to our prices they ask 1114 dollars for a apple phone 5 16 gb and we don't even get support from google play so i can't see angry birds or whatsapp in the list of avaiable apps.That is the worst part of living in the netherlands antilleas
9. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
In argentina the average job gets 300 dollars a month. Furthermore for voting the 10 year old goverment that plans to stay forever you get 100 dollars a month as a "subsidie". So no one wants to work other than inmigrants. And the middle class is tempted by a mercenary militant group that offers you jobs that get 2000 dollars a month for being an insider in justice offices and corporations to tell them who is against the goverment so as to get those places closed through unfear and illegal moves. They even bought most of the media to make population think they are doing things completelly right while the only group of media which refused is being threatend to get expropriated as an airline and an oil company that used to be argentinian but where sold to spanish enterprises 30 years ago.
11. jsdechavez (Posts: 652; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
In the Philippines, some people who earn as little as $200-300 a month still buy a GS4 at $650, even an iPhone 5 for much more. These smartphones make people crazy. They empty their wallets just so they can have the latest models every time the upgrade comes out. Call me whatever but that's hard-earned money just thrown away.
As for me, I'd get a new phone with the carrier when my contract expires.
15. shayan (Posts: 126; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)
what the hell are you talking about?!
I live in Iran, and I dont know any employe who gets 500$ a month o a single job! thats 1700000Rials now!
all my freinds get around 150$ a month and for me, I teach, so if I have students, I get around 250$. and there are months I dont have any students...
no really, what kind of job do you have in minde when you say 500$ a month?
7. Diego! (Posts: 448; Member since: 15 Jun 2009)
Hey! Yo tambien! :D And I agree with you 100% Our economy sucks :(
But this has nothing to do with the currency exchange. It's a Google decition. Check out celularis and find out the explanation there ;)
8. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
You are making the math wrong, for the ones that don't know the situation the goverment stands on a set of lies and fake numbers to control population with small amount of money they call subsidies, but really is a payment to vote them for life. As a result investors and even citizens started getting their dollars out of the banks and the country because in 2001 another goverment stole the dollars from people who were saving them on banks. This produced that the national reserve couldn't sustain the currency exchange without a devaluation so to avoid that and keep the numbers fake they don't allow people to exchange money unless they travel abroad, and if they do they just give them 70 dollars for each day. So people started exchanging on illegal currency exchangers called cuevas (caverns in english) and theres a new unofficial currency exchange called dollar blue. This unofficial currency changes daily based on the lies that the president says every day. For example 2 days ago she said they were going to send their militants to illegaly control prices on supermarkets and the blue went up to 15% more than the week before. The gap between the blue and official currency exchange is between 70% to 90% depending on the day and it may become more. So doing the math correctly the galaxy s3 is 430 dollars with a 50 dollars 2 year contract.
5. oister85 (Posts: 377; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Well here in the states you get f*** with phone carries, if you wanna have a good phone be ready to spend money with the monthly bill.
12. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Ay Caramba, Eva Peron must be turning in her grave.
Free advice for Argentine Devs' from yours' truly:
move your Google accounts to Colombia or Brazil as, most of the other South American countries are becoming increasingly Socialistic. But, if you stay in Argentina, 'don't cry for me ...'
13. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
Hungary: Galaxy S4
with 2 year contract: 450$ + 80$/month
oh, minimum wage: less than 4$/hour (=~400$/month)
14. cristianer (Posts: 38; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)
1 dollar = 8 argentine pesos :-(
Samsung Galaxy S4 (free) = 1250 dollars in Argentina.
16. adoptop70 (Posts: 20; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)
all these is the fault of leaders,a good leader must think of wellbeing of their citizen first.