Canada Finally Gets Paid Apps In Android Market

by Gaurav Kheterpal on March 19, 2010

Android Paid Apps Available in Canada

Android Paid Apps Available in Canada

Last month, I wrote a post about Google’s plans to launch paid Android apps in Canada. Though it took longer than what I had expected, the good news is that Canadian users finally have access to paid apps in the Android Market. In hindsight, Google couldn’t afford to delay it any further as it has made the Nexus One available for Canadian users earlier this week.

Many Android users have been frustrated with the lack of paid Android apps for a quite a while, and the onus has been on Google to open up access to paid Android apps. There’s no doubt that the Android Market has played a key role in the success of the Android operating system in other countries and Canada will be no exception to that rule. As expected, users on Android Forums are glad that paid apps have ‘come late, better than never’ to Canada. It’s ironic that the Android Market still lists the prices for paid apps only in US dollars and British pounds. You can pay for these apps using your Google checkout account.

On its part, Rogers looks well prepared to embrace Nexus One and paid Android apps. The latest post on RedBoard is dedicated to Google’s Nexus One and availability of paid Android apps in Canada. To cash in on the Android popularity, Rogers has also launched a ‘My Account App’ for Android customers and the RedBoard posting provides stepwise instructions on how to download and setup the app on your Android smartphone. The RedBoard post mentions:

“In other Android news, we’re also excited that Canadians are now able to purchase paid apps from the Android Market. While our Android customers have had access to a great catalogue of free apps in the Android market, we know that they have also looked forward to the games and applications available for purchase.

Now it’s possible. Go here for info to get started with Android market, and make sure you have a billing arrangement set up with Google checkout. So, Android users: What do you think of the My Account app? Are you excited about the move from Google to fully open up the Android Market to Canadians?”

Smart marketing tactics – I’d say! Rogers is betting big on the success of Nexus One and paid Android apps in Canada. I’m sure that it’s a matter of time before other Canadian carriers too join the Android and Nexus One bandwagon.

I’ve already started searching for some really cool paid Android apps, any recommendations?

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