Google has announced merchant support for Chinese developers, which in other word means that they can now offer free or paid apps on the Play Store. They can however not earn any money in China, as the Play Store is unavailable in the country. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can play
Chinese developers can earn money by selling paid apps or via in-app purchasing and subscriptions. Google has however said that since the Play Store is not available in the country, the money will be delivered to the developers’ Chinese bank accounts in US Dollars via wire transfers. Also Read - Top 5 free Android apps on Google Play store this week
This is a small step towards giving Chinese app developers much more exposure. While the developers could make money by putting up their apps on third-party app stores, they could only put their apps on the Play Store if they had an overseas-registered Google developer account. Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
While this is good news for the developers in China, they will be further elated with a report on The Information, which claims that Google is planning on launching the Play Store in China. Citing sources, the publication claims that Google is reportedly planning on launching the Play Store in China in conjunction with Huawei and ZTE. Google had exited China in 2010 after repeated hacking attempts, and persistent censorship.
Google’s press release follows.
Chinese Developers Can Now Offer Paid Applications to Google Play Users in More Than 130 countries
By Ellie Powers, product manager for Google Play
Google Play is the largest digital store for Android users to discover and purchase their favorite mobile app and games, and the ecosystem is continuing to grow globally. Over the past year, we’ve expanded the list of countries where app developers can sign up to be merchants on Google Play, totaling 60 countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar and Venezuela most recently.
As part of that continued effort, we’re excited to announce merchant support in China, enabling local developers to export and sell their apps to Google Play users in more than 130 countries. Chinese developers can now offer both free and paid applications through various monetization models, including in-app purchasing and subscriptions. For revenue generated on Google Play, developers will receive payment to their Chinese bank accounts via USD wire transfers.
If you develop Android apps in China and want to start distributing your apps to a global audience through Google Play, visit play.google.com/apps/publish and register as a developer. If you want to sell apps and in-app products, you’ll need to also sign up for a Google Wallet merchant account, which is available on the “Revenue” page in the Google Play Developer Console. After you’ve uploaded your apps, you can set prices in the Developer Console and later receive reports on your revenue. You’ll receive your developer payouts via wire transfer. For more details, please visit our developer help center.
We look forward to continuing to roll out Google Play support to developers in many more countries around the world.