Google does a quick U-turn, pulls out India from the list of countries where developers can sell paid Android apps

25 Sep, 2012

Only yesterday, we wrote about Google adding India to the list of countries where developers can register as Google Checkout merchants. This meant Indian developers could finally sell paid apps directly through Google Play Store, instead of opening accounts in countries that supported this service – so that they could sell the apps.

But apparently, the search giant has done a quick turnaround and removed India's name from the list. While we were wondering why Google did not come out with an announcement for the same (we also wrote about it), the reason has become clear now.

We got to know about the development from one of our readers who also mentioned that Google said "it was a mistake from their side." We have also contacted Google for more clarity on the matter and are awaiting a response on the same. Another reader has also pointed out that Google Wallet still doesn't give permission to add a Google business account from an address in India.

If you look at the image below, you can clearly see the addition and subsequent removal of India's name from the list.

(Edited by Sanghamitra Mandal)