- 10-24-2011, 07:26 AM #2
It comes down to developers and where they want to release their applications. Most developers select the all regions box but some developers have their own reasons for wanting to only display their application in one country, usually down to the content their application offers. For instance, a restaurant finder app may only have restaurants in the US, so why would this application be available in the German marketplace?
However, if you know of an app (especially a game!) which you feel should be available in your region, contact the develop and ask if its possible for them to add support for your region!
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10-24-2011, 07:48 AM #3
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- 10-25-2011, 07:45 AM #4
Some apps are restricted by the local governing authorities. I wish I could remember the example I heard of, but it was nothing malicious. I think it had to do with how they are purchased though.
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- 10-25-2011, 08:06 AM #5
For paid applications, there might be issues with the payment itself.
- Different exchange rate could make it troublesome for developers to do accounting of their income.
- Tax rules about selling things abroad. Does selling software online got categorized as foreign export ?
But that doesn't explain the unavailability of free apps.
Maybe they think of providing support but don’t want to deal with the various languages of the world.
At least in my experience, that's the case for some applications like Twitter, Flickr, Gowalla