Part of the problem with a relatively slow uptake of Android Market compared to Apple’s App Store is its limited support for paid applications that thus far included a handful of countries compared to over 90 markets worldwide that support paid App Store downloads. Google will tackle the fact that Android fans buy apps reluctantly with the next release said to include in-app purchasing, more robust carrier billing and more.
For now, Google is expanding the list of countries where Android users can buy (and developers can sell) paid apps. On Monday, the search firm announced on the Android blog that programmers can now sell paid apps on Android Market into 20 new countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and Taiwan.
That’s not all, because Google will bring the much-needed ability to purchase apps to folks living in 18 more countries – Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan – bringing the number of countries where users will be able to buy apps to 32.