App developers in 12 more countries can now open a merchant account with Google

App developers in 12 more countries can now open a merchant account with Google
Google has announced that developers from 12 more countries will now be allowed to publish their free or paid apps in the Google Play Store, and collect payment for in-app purchasers. Code jockeys from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Cyprus, Malta, Latvia, Estonia, Panama, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bolivia, Bahrain and Jamaica will now be able to open a merchant account with Google. 

With the merchant account, developers will be able to collect money in their home country. Overall, developers from 74 different countries are now able to open a merchant account with Google. Twenty of the 74 countries where a merchant account can be open, accept the U.S. Dollar as their default currency for payments. 17 of them support the Euro as their default currency.

Did you know that you must be in a supported region to download paid Google Play Store apps or to make an in-app purchase? For example, while free apps can be downloaded in Cuba, paid apps can't. In-app purchases are also barred. Same rules apply in China, Iran, Liechtenstein and in Myanmar. People in locations not specifically mentioned on Google's site are prohibited from buying paid apps or in-app content.

source: Google (1), (2) via AndroidCentral

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2 Comments

1. alipashang77

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

"For example, while free apps can be downloaded in Cuba, paid apps can't. In-app purchases are also barred. Same rules apply in China, Iran" , You cannot download FREE APPS in Iran, Play Store just force closes...

2. NICEBOY_1373

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I am an Iranian. I an iPhone user since 2010. Speaking of stores reachability in my country, and boycotts against my country by western countries... People in Iran use Google Play only for installing free apps and they always install cracked apps instead of paying for them either on android or Windows and sometimes Apple's OSes... And there are many internal App Stores alternative for Google Play in Iran like Myket.ir and Bazar.ir for android and Sibche.ir for iOS without even need for jailbreaking and download.ir for Windows Games and Apps. But as I said things are different about Apple who lets Iranians use App Store of any country without even need for a VPN connection... Some Apple users like me buy gift cards online and buy original apps and games. And better thing is that there are more and more Apple users in Iran every year... Some of them really love apple because Apple let Iranians use App Store and iTunes store, supports users even by phone calls, and was hiding a native Persian keyboard in iOS until version 8 which third party keyboards was made possible, and we are waiting for a possibly soon official Apple Store existence in our country, Conclusion: Dear Google, there is no benefit to you for boycotting people of any country in the world... :). You just hurting yourself... So let Iranians use Play Store. Sorry about my bad English. :)

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