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Introducing New Seller Countries to Google Play; AdWords Community Top Contributors Program; Google Apps Calendar Interop for Microsoft Exchange

Starting today, Android developers in Czech Republic, Israel, Poland, and Mexico can sell priced applications and in-app products on Google Play, using their local bank accounts for payments, informs Dirk Dougherty on Android Developers blog.

“If you develop Android apps in one of the new countries and want to get started selling them, visit play.google.com/apps/publish and set up a new Google Play developer account. Once you’ve uploaded your apps, you can price them in any available buyer currencies, publish, and then receive payouts and financial data in your local currency.”

Dougherty notes, “If you are based in Israel or Mexico and are currently selling apps through an AdSense merchant account, you will need to migrate your apps to a new Google Play developer account in your local currency.” Watch for an email that provides complete information on the migration process and timeline.

In other Google news, Google Apps Calendar Interop for Microsoft Exchange now available to Google Apps for Business users is designed for organizations in which some users use Google Calendar and other users manage their calendars.

“Microsoft Exchange Calendar Interop enables you to sync the free/busy status of users in both calendar systems. This enables users in one calendar system to view the availability of users in the other system before scheduling a meeting,” explains Google.

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Also, Google announced a new AdWords Top Contributors Program, members of AdWords Community who qualify for the program receive the title of Top Contributor in the Community, which helps show the world that they’re truly AdWords experts, informs Lauren Barbato, Inside AdWords crew.

In addition to perks (see below), in 2011, Google invited TCs to the Googleplex, in Mountain View, California, for the Top Contributor Summit. “TCs are also eligible to get the annual AdWords Top Contributor badge to put on their websites to show their AdWords expertise,” said Barbato.

Other perks include:

  • A profile on AdWords Top Contributors page
  • Access to private forums with Google team members
  • Inclusion in the Trusted Testers program to test out cool new features before anyone else
  • Product updates directly from the AdWords team
  • Hangouts with AdWords Community Leads on Google+
  • Trainings given by the AdWords team.