Google finally pays disgruntled Android app developers

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) apologized to Android application developers who complained that Google Checkouts payments for March 2012 had yet to reach their bank accounts, adding that all developers have now been paid.

Earlier this month, Google Checkout Merchant forum user YossarianIAm posted a thread with the subject line ‘UK-Android developer-No March Payment?' stating "For some reason my Google Checkout March payment which has been showed as paid out on the 2nd March has not arrived in my bank account? It normally arrives in my bank account on the 7th of each month... This is the first time I have not been paid since using Google Checkout over 13 months ago."

More than 275 comments from close to 125 users followed, with most echoing YossarianIAm's original complaint. The late payment reports hailed from across Europe, with Android developers from Germany, Sweden and Portugal all bemoaning missing payments. Developers also expressed frustration over Google's failure to address the issue: "March 9 and still nothing... no answer on my emails and no money," one commenter stated.

Google finally responded to the thread on Mar. 16. "We have worked to resolve this, and payouts were initiated on 15 March 2012," wrote Google employee Crystal H. "However, your bank may take up to three additional business days to register the payout in your account. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced and appreciate your understanding."

Earlier this month, Google scrapped its Android Market app storefront to unveil Google Play, an overhaul that merges its app store with its Google Music and Google eBookstore efforts under one umbrella a la Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iTunes, which includes the App Store for iOS. Google Play features more than 450,000 Android apps and games alongside millions of songs, thousands of movies and cloud storage to keep it all in one place.

For more:
- read this Google Checkout Merchant forum thread

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