In a Wall Street Journal article about how Microsoft plans to make special program software available for smartphones running Windows Mobile, Google’s Android OS was briefly mentioned. One little paragraph in the end of the article, devoted to Android, had information about how Google would let developers charge for their apps starting this week.
The last known word on this matter was that Google would let developers make money off their apps in early Q1 of 2009. So, it seems Google has lived up to their word if, in fact, WSJ is correct. One of the reasons the iPhone App store is popular is because developers have a reason to create apps – they can make money from it. Hopefully by letting Android app developers make money off their apps, the Android Market will populate with paid apps as well as more free ones.