Minimum prices for Android apps and IAPs slashed by Google in 17 countries, here's a full list

Minimum prices for Android apps and IAPs slashed by Google in 17 countries, here's a full list
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?

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7 Comments

1. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I bought many apps for Rs 6-12 recently

2. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

I need to switch now!

3. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Wooohooo! South Africa is there. This is fantastic news. :)

4. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Some of those higher prices don't make sense. Russia for instance. Py6 30 down to py6 15. That's a 50% decrease. You say 15 is equal to $0.23. How does that make 30 above the $0.91 minimum...if 15 is $0.23 that would make 30 below $0.50 Am I missing something?? I'm confused...

6. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I guess it is either : 1) That there where already a minimum made by Google Play Store in the past and now they just reduced it more. 2) It maybe made as an equivalent in the past, for example maybe the minimum Py6 30 was equal to $1 in the past so that become the minimum but now the currencies are different while the price of games and apps aren't.

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

I didn't think about that good thinking.

5. SSJSim

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

Installing apks of apps that aren't available on the Play Store; doing surveys with Google Opinion Rewards to earn credit and buy premium apps / media... And now they're making things cheaper. Few things I miss most about Android now that I'm on iOS. Then again, iOS has that Free App of the Week thing going on. Regardless, Android's taking a big step forward thinking about the users first and foremost. Love it!

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