For a long time, the minimum price that paid Android apps were available for was $0.99, or the local equivalent of that price in the various countries the Play Store is available in (which are more than 190). This was until Google decided that the pricing for the Android apps on the repository should be more flexible in order to reflect the different conditions across the global village and "make content more accessible"
That's why earlier this year developers were allowed to significantly lower the price of their apps across India and a couple of other countries. In particular, Indian users were basically enabled to get an app for as low as INR10 (~$0.15), which is quite lower than the previous absolute minimum of INR60 ($0.91) in the second most populous country in the world.
As a result to all of this, starting today app developers in 17 countries have access to new minimum price thresholds, and it's effective for both apps and IAPs. Here's a list of the countries that this change takes place in and the new absolute minimum app prices in each of them:
- Brazil: R$ 0.99 ($0.26) - down from R$2.00
- Chile: CLP $200.00 ($0.28) - down from CLP $500.00
- Colombia: COP$ 800.00 ($0.26) down from COP$ 2000.00
- Hungary: Ft 125.00 ($0.43) - down from Ft 225.00
- Indonesia: Rp 3,000.00 ($0.22) - down from Rp 12,000.00
- Malaysia: RM 1.00 ($0.23) - down from RM 3.50
- Mexico: MXN$ 5.00 ($0.30) - down from MXN$ 9.90
- Peru: S/. 0.99 ($0.30) - down from S/. 3.00
- Philippines: ₱15.00 ($0.32) - down from ₱43.00
- Poland: zł1.79 ($0.45) - down from zł2.99
- Russia: руб 15.00 ($0.23) - down from руб 30.00
- Saudi Arabia:﷼ 0.99 - down from was 4.00﷼
- South Africa: R3.99 ($0.28) - down from R10.00
- Thailand: ฿10.00 ($0.28) - down from ฿32.00
- Turkey: ₺0.59 ($0.21) - down from ₺2.00
- Ukraine: ₴5.00 ($0.21) - down from ₴8.00
- Vietnam: ₫6,000 ($0.27) - down from ₫21,000.00
What do you think of this change?