You can only pay for apps in 13 out of the 46 or so countries
where Android phones are available. For those of you who like
stats, 13 in 46 works out to less than 30%. Contrast this with
Apple’s App Store, which supports paid apps in 90 countries.
This is a huge advantage iPhone developers currently have over
The cynical view: Google prefers free Android apps over paid ones, because free apps try to make money through ads, and Google serves nearly all the in-app ads for Android apps.