Paid Android apps could go as low as RM1 on the Google Play Store


The Google Play Store is the one stop place for Android users to purchase apps, movies, e-books and other various digital content. To make apps more accessible to the masses, Google is reducing the minimal price for paid apps and games on the Play Store.

Unless it is a sale, Google usually charge at least RM3.50 for paid apps. With the latest revision, you can expect to see paid apps going from as low as RM1.00.

From today onwards, developers can revise their app pricing immediately under the Google Play Developer Console. The following are the new minimum prices for the selected countries:

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)

Note that the price revision is subject to each respective app developers. Hopefully this would be an opportunity for developers to reach out to more users with its lower pricing.

To make a purchase, you must assign a debit or credit card to your Google account. Alternatively, Digi prepaid and postpaid customers can take advantage of direct billing. So you can either have it charged to your postpaid bill or have it deducted from your prepaid credit balance.

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Alexander Wong