Google expands support for paid Android apps to consumers in Kenya

By James Ratemo in Nairobi

Kenya’s mobile phone application developers are in for a big reap following Google’s announcement that Android Market will increase consumer access and developer support for paid applications in several new countries.

Consumers from 99 new countries – and 26 African countries – will be able to purchase apps from Android Market.

This latest expansion of Android Market means more applications — including games, social, and productivity apps — for consumers and more selling opportunities for developers in more countries.

Over the next few days, the number of countries where Android users can purchase priced apps will increase to 131 including the addition of Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

Consumers from these newly supported countries will have access to over 200,000 free and paid apps in Android Market, which they can access directly from their Android-powered device.

Android Market was launched to help developers distribute mobile applications on a level playing field, while enabling users to find and download apps which leverage the unique capabilities of the Android platform.

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