For a while now, all signs pointed to Google gearing up to finally give us South Africans access to paid applications in the Android Market. Tweets that appeared with vague time lines were quickly deleted. Paid applications started appearing in search results of the Web version of the Market, with prices in Rands, but no way to actually buy them. Then, on the 11th of May, sometime during day two of Google I/O 2011, it was nonchalantly announced that an additional 99 countries would be getting access to paid applications in the Android Market. South Africa appeared in that list, so over at ZADroid we checked, double checked – and confirmed that Google had indeed thrown the switch.
Apart from extending access to paid applications, Google has upgraded both the Web interface and the Mobile client for the Android Market, both looks- and functionality-wise, drastically improving application discovery (which was a major shortcoming of the Market), by adding the following: (more…)