The long-promised support for paid apps in Android Marketplace has finally come. As of today, US and UK devs can publish apps with end-user pricing, which will then be available in the store mid-next week.
Germany, Austria, Netherlands, France and Spain will get the same support later in Q1, and will all be under the same Google Checkout service to handle the money transaction. While paying for apps sucks, the main point is that developers who were holding out from the Marketplace because they couldn't be compensated for their (more costly, more time consuming) work will now finally hop on. Which is good for all Android users.
AU: I'll follow up with the Googlers on Monday to see what the situation is in Australia.