As I rolled out of bed at the crack of
dawn noon, I noticed an e-mail from the Android Market team in my inbox telling me that paid applications and access to merchant accounts will be closed for an hour this afternoon for planned maintenance. What it boils down to if you're a shopper and not a developer is that you won't be able to purchase any apps between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. PDT today while they upgrade something. If you are a developer, you also won't be able to log into your Merchant account during this time.
Conspiracy theories aside, everything should be back to normal by 5 p.m. PDT and you can start buying apps again. We've got the full text of the e-mail after the break.
Thanks to everyone who sent this one in!
We're writing to inform you about a planned service outage impacting Android
Market that requires your attention.
On Wednesday, June 15th, Google Checkout will be unavailable from
approximately 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. PDT due to planned system maintenance. During
this time, you will be unable to sign in to your Merchant accounts
(http://checkout.google.com) and transactions will not be processed. The
Android Market Developer Console (http://market.android.com/publish/) will
still be available.
During the outage, users will still be able to view paid applications on
Android Market; however, any attempts at purchases will fail. No new orders
will be created. After the maintenance has been completed, all normal
activity will resume. No action is required on your part.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Android Market Team
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