Argentine Android developers no longer getting paid from Google starting June 27th

Argentine Android developers no longer getting paid from Google starting June 27th
Starting June 27th, Android app developers living in Argentina will no longer be getting paid by Google when someone makes a purchase of one of their paid apps, or makes an in-app purchase that they used to get paid for. A letter from Google to developers confirmed that the payments will stop after the final checks go out on July 22nd. Paid apps and in-app offerings from developers will be pulled from the Argentine Google Play Store on July 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: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 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: 541; Member since: Jan 31, 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: 486; Member since: May 15, 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

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 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: Dec 07, 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: Dec 18, 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: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 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: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 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: 878; Member since: Jun 15, 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: Dec 18, 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 unregistered

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

Posts: 498; Member since: May 21, 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: Dec 12, 2012

Hungary: Galaxy S4 unlocked: 800$ with 2 year contract: 450$ + 80$/month oh, minimum wage: less than 4$/hour (=~400$/month)

14. cristianer

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 20, 2010

1 dollar = 8 argentine pesos :-( Samsung Galaxy S4 (free) = 1250 dollars in Argentina.

16. adoptop70

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

all these is the fault of leaders,a good leader must think of wellbeing of their citizen first.

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