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Paid for apps hit Android mobile phones

T-Mobile has confirmed that today will see the release of paid-for apps for Android powered handsets.

The mobile network first announced plans to begin allowing developers to charge for apps last month.

However, today’s launch date has now been confirmed by Regan Whitehead, mobile internet category manager at T-Mobile, who revealed the network’s plan at a trade event for Android developers.

She said: "From tomorrow, UK customers will have paid apps on the phone, and there'll be a wide selection of paid apps on the market."

Previously, developers had only been able to manufacture software to download for free.

This is believed to have acted as a strong dis-incentive to work in the Android apps market and is furthermore thought to be the reason why Android apps number so few compared with those for the iPhone.

According to T-Mobile, users of the Android-powered G1 phone make up around a fifth of its customer base.

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