Google wants developers to slash prices in the Google Play store to entice more people in emerging markets to buy apps.
The new lower minimum costs are supposed to encourage those in countries like Brazil and Chile to install more paid apps because as Google says in its blog, "Purchasing behavior ... varies significantly between markets."
There are 1.4 billion active Android users worldwide, many of whom live in emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Users in these places, who often have lower incomes than users in other areas, can now buy Google apps at less than half the original price. (Video via Google)
It's still up to the developers to price their apps, though the move does pressure app makers to lower their prices.
The company notes that first-time smartphone owners in countries like India, Indonesia and Vietnam are driving much of the growth on Google Play. (Video via Google)
Google wins over Apple when it comes to downloads. In the third quarter of 2015, it had 90 percent more downloads than Apple's App store. But when it comes to revenue, Apple is the winner with 80 percent more revenue for the same quarter. (Video via Google)
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