So far the company line has been that Paid Android Apps will launch early Q1 2009. One could assume that “early” Q1 would mean before the midway point and we’re dangerously close to the midway point of 2009′s first quarter. Its not like mobile timeframes are usually dead on and this timeframe was set way back in October 2008 – but with the release of RC33 and MWC just ahead the timing seems right.
In an article about Microsoft’s efforts to compete with the likes of the iPhone and Android, “people familiar with the matter” were cited as saying that paid Android Apps would launch this week. Here is the actual text from the source article:
Google, too, hosts an application store, dubbed the Android Market, for phones running its Android mobile operating system, the first of which is the G1 from Deutsche Telekom AG’s T-Mobile USA. This week Google will start allowing developers to charge for software sold through the Android Market, according to people familiar with the matter.
Surprising? Not at all. Exciting? Heck yes.