Google Play restores paid apps in Taiwan

Taiwanese customers can now buy paid mobile apps from Google Play after the company lifted its 20-month ban over a legal dispute with the Taipei government.

Google has resumed offering paid mobile apps on its Play store for users in Taiwan, where it had previously banned such sale for 20 months due to a legal dispute with the Taipei government.

"Google is pleased to announce that Taiwan users can once again find and purchase paid apps on Google Play," the company said in a statement, according to a Central News Agency (CNA) report Wednesday. Taiwanese users are now able to view the "Top Paid" apps page on Google Play, it added.


The Taipei city government on June 3, 2011, ordered the local app stores of Apple and Google to include a seven-day free-trial policy for their paid apps. Apple complied, but Google kept its original policy of allowing refunds for paid apps within 15 minutes of purchase.

The government imposed an NT$1 million fine (US$33,800) on the U.S. search engine titan on June 27 for failing to comply with Taiwan's consumer protection law. Google responded by pulling its paid apps from Taiwan .

In December 2011, Google lost an appeal against the Taipei government  which urged the company to "respect Taiwan's laws and rights of consumers" in order to resume sales of its paid apps.

A year later, Google won its lawsuit against the Taipei government . On December 28 last year, the Taipei High Administrative Court ruled the government could not regulate, much less impose a fine on Google's original policy. In January this year, the government said it decided not to appeal against the court's ruling in consideration of the best interests of consumers.