The rumor was that developers were told to start submitting priced apps to Google about two weeks ago. That generated some buzz, but it was the Wall Street Journal's almost hidden priced Market mention on February 9th that really kicked things off. By February 13th, all of the Android sites were talking about it, and Google decided to make it official.
The price range for apps is $0.99 to $200, which will be paid via Google Checkout. Google takes 30%. That's right, folks. No more free apps, which means three things:
- Talented, cash-only devs who have been sitting on some killer programs will finally unleash them.
- Code that redirects you to purchase from a (sometimes shady) website should be nixed.
- App reviews are now much more valuable.