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Google Announce Drop in Minimum Price for Android Apps

As part of an increased effort to allow app developers more flexibility across various growing markets, Google announced yesterday a significant drop in the minimum price on Google Play for both apps and in-app purchases. The move follows a testing period in India that began back in July.

The price decrease will affect 17 countries worldwide, dropping in some countries to as little as a quarter of the old minimum. The change is of course optional for app developers, but Google are hoping that the move will allow developers to "reach more people around the world so that you can continue to grow your business on Google Play".

The full list of affected countries, along with prices old and new, consists of:

Brazil: R$ 0.99 (was R$2.00)
Chile: CLP $200.00 (was CLP $500.00)
Colombia: COP$ 800.00 (was COP$ 2000.00)
Hungary: Ft 125.00 (was Ft 225.00)
Indonesia: Rp 3,000.00 (was Rp 12,000.00)
Malaysia: RM 1.00 (was RM 3.50)
Mexico: MXN$ 5.00 (was MXN$ 9.90)
Peru: S/. 0.99 (was S/. 3.00)
Philippines: ₱15.00 (was ₱43.00)
Poland: zł1.79 (was zł2.99)
Russia: руб 15.00 (was руб 30.00)
Saudi Arabia: 0.99 (was 4.00)
South Africa: R3.99 (was R10.00)
Thailand: ฿10.00 (was ฿32.00)
Turkey: ₺0.59 (was ₺2.00)
Ukraine: ₴5.00 (was ₴8.00)
Vietnam: ₫6,000 (was ₫21,000.00)

Indonesia and Saudi Arabia see the largest impact from this change, with prices dropping by 75%. Sadly for app-lovers in here in the UK, or across the water in America, those countries are absent from the list. Hopefully, providing the price change proves successful in these 17 countries, we might see a drop in prices at home further down the line.

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