Mobile network operators will now be able to charge Android users for downloads from the App Market, circumventing the mandatory use of the Google Checkout for mobile purchases.
Google is making the alterations to its Developer Distribution Agreement and developers and publishers are already being asked to commit to the new terms in order to reap the benefits.
By allowing networks to charge users for apps directly, developers should see their income increase because buying a premium app will be a much simpler task for the average user.
It will mean that customers pay at the end of the month when the mobile bill comes through and will have a single account to keep tabs on.
Currently, the Android Market has the largest concentration of free apps of any current smartphone download service.
Was this article helpful?