Android applications arrive in South Africa

South Africans can finally buy and download paid-for applications from the Android Market.

South African Android users have reason to celebrate today with paid applications becoming available locally in Google’s official Market for Android devices.

It was revealed in March 2011 that the paid Android Market was expected in the second quarter of 2011 and it was announced at Google IO yesterday that 99 additional countries would be receiving buyer support, of which South Africa would be one.

Before the evening was out South Africa’s Android community had discovered that the ability to buy applications from the Android Market had already been enabled for users on local networks.

Google’s announcement comes hot on the heels of Microsoft unveiling their intent to support a handful of countries for app creation and app commerce.

Google is rapidly expanding its presence throughout all of Africa compared to its competitors.  The company is clearly making all the right moves.

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