Google just revealed that it is now getting millions of new users in India to Google Play store and the Android device activations in India have jumped more than 400%.
Writing further Google says, that in the last six months, Android users in India downloaded more apps than in the previous three years combined, and the country has now become the fourth-largest market worldwide for app downloads.
To help developers capitalize on this tremendous growth, the company launches Google Play seller support in India and developers in India can now sell paid applications, in-app products, and subscriptions in Play store, with monthly payouts to their local bank accounts.
"They can take advantage of all of the tools offered by Google Play to monetize their products in the best way for their businesses, and they can target their products to the paid ecosystem of hundreds of millions of users in India and across the world," Google adds.
In addition, Google is also adding buyer's currency support for India -- with, that developers everywhere can now set prices in Indian Rupees (INR) and other new currencies (such as Russian Rubles).
Developer in India, can get started by signing in to Developer Console and setting up a Google Checkout merchant account. "For new apps, you can publish the apps as paid, in addition to selling in-app products or subscriptions. And, if your apps are already published as free, you can monetize them by adding in-app products or subscriptions," Google informs.
For more details, check out this developer help center.
Google Play store via Twitter announced that Verizon customers will be able to pay for Google Play apps, music and more on their phone bill. "We're rolling this out over the coming weeks," the team tweeted.
Paying for Google Play items only works on the carrier's network, and not for devices connected via Wi-Fi, and involves selecting the option to bill the mobile account for the purchase.
Google already has carrier billing option in Google Play to include all media content (apps, books, music, movies, TV shows, periodicals) for fifteen different wireless carriers worldwide. In the United States, this included AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
According to Google, the device/service plan must be opted in for premium content purchases, with the former set up for use with carrier billing.
Also, Google has updated its Google Play Store app for Android bringing along an interesting new feature -- "the ability to remove apps from "My Apps"."
In addition, Google also introduced the ability to add apps to "My Wishlist", a feature aimed at users that want to keep track of new apps, but wish to postpone installing or purchasing them.
In other mobile releated news, Google published a infographic of the Tuesday night's Presedentail debate, to see how Americans use their smartphones and tablets as 'second screens' to research and fact-check topics during and after the debate.
Here's the key highlights of debate-related search queries coming from mobile devices:
Mobile has become a central component of this year's election
2,000% increase in debate-related searches on mobile in 2012 vs. 2008
Mobile helps voters find spur-of-the-moment information
3,300% increase in searches related to Libya immediately after the question about presidential accountability for the Benghazi attack
Mobile is used simultaneously with television
47% of Tuesday's elections-related mobile searches occurred during and immediately after the debate
Below is the infographic of four screen of the Tuesday debate: (click to enlarge)