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Google gives Play Store go-ahead for China developers

Google has just announced the all-clear for developers in China to start pushing content onto the Play Store.

The search-engine giant announced via its Android blog that devs from the eastern nation will be able to push across both free and paid apps courtesy of Google’s app store.

The post read: “We’re excited to announce merchant support in China, enabling local developers to export and sell their apps to Google Play users.”

The new support means developers in China will be able to flog their wares in upwards of 130 countries worldwide.

All the usual options are available to China-based devs, including in-app purchases and subscription models.

Google will pay enterprising developers who earn some cash through their fare directly to their bank accounts, courtesy of USD wire transfers.

New developers will also need to sign up for a Google Wallet merchant account to ensure they actually get paid.

The Mountain View-headquartered firm has also pointed to its developer registration page where China-based developers can now sign up.

Just 60 countries have authorisation from Google to develop apps on home soil, with recent additions to the roster including Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar, and Venezuela.

It’s unsurprising that Google has expanded its ecosystem to China, as the country has a huge population, a booming tech trade, and supports a healthy chunk of Android market share.

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Via: Google