Well, folks, its here finally, it seems! The Android MarketPlace now accepts purchases from Nigeria. This bit of information came in from a Mobility Nigeria regular, karmawa (click to view his MN Social profile), who successfully made a purchase today.
Here’s the body of Karmawa’s mail to us:
Hope all is well with you, I was just browsing the android app store online and saw that all prices were there in naira as was mentioned before on Mobility Nigeria and decided to try and buy something, what do you know it works using a nigerian issued visa card I am presently downloading the app. Just thought this would be of interest.
We ran our own little test and found that paid apps are indeed now available. We got as far as where we were notified that we need a Google Checkout account to complete the purchase. Since none of us here have a Google Checkout account, we could not proceed.
If you are an Android user and have a Google Checkout account, do give it a try and get back to us.
We have had the app stores of Nokia/Symbian, RIM/BlackBerry, and it seems now Android fully open to Nigeria. Let’s hope this is for good. The more, the merrier!
This development is for real. Google confirmed via a tweet that paid apps purchasing has been extended to 26 new African countries, including Nigeria. We can see Android fans throwing parties across the country! Whoop!