With the addition of merchant accounts as announced by Google, developers in 12 more countries can now sell apps, as well as offer in-app purchases via Play Store.
The developers in the newly added countries earlier had to rely on advertisements to generate any sort of revenue through the applications they develop for Play Store. They were not allowed to sell the applications or offer in-app purchases, until now.Though, users had an option to buy paid apps through App Store developed by developers of other countries.
Google has it mandatory in its rules that in order to offer a paid application on Play Store, the developer must be registered to its merchant account . Such an account is available in a country if and only if the country has made agreements with Google concerning taxes or other country specific fees.
Google now offers this merchant account in 12 new countries that includes Bahrain, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Honduras, Jamaica, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, and Panama.
Well, this is definitely a news for developers to rejoice. With the coming aboard of these new countries, Google now maintains a portfolio of 74 countries with the availability of such a service. Google accepts developer registration in around 152 countries, rest of them are still to be dragged under the umbrella.