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Paid Android apps back on sale in Taiwan


Steve Costello

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Google resumed the sale of paid apps from its Play store in Taiwan, following a long-running dispute with the Taipei City government.

In a brief statement, the Android company said that it is “pleased to announce that Taiwan users can once again find and purchase paid apps on Google Play”.

Paid apps were removed from sale in this market due to Google not complying with consumer sales laws, which requires that customers are given a seven-day trial period on purchases made online.

Earlier this year, it was reported that the Taipei High Administrative Court had intervened, stating that the Taipei City government could not intervene in a dispute between a company and its customers.

According to analytics firm Distimo, Taiwan ranks among the top ten markets for free app downloads, “leaving behind large European markets like the UK and France”.

Noting that developers in markets such as Japan and South Korea generate “a huge amount of revenue”, it said that “we suspect that developers will profit from this renewed opportunity of selling paid applications in Google Play in Taiwan”.

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