It seems payments were sent out on the 15th March I believe – two weeks late, but some developers may not have received them until a few days later. People affected were mostly European developers.
The news was discussed by angry developers from several European countries including the UK and Portugal on a Google developer forum. This forced the firm to issue a statement of apology. However Google did not say why there had been a problem in the first place. So, if the developers kept quiet, I think they may not have been paid at all.
This is the latest gaffe by Google over developer payments. Last week, developers were infuriated when it was found that Google decided to restrict payment through its Google Wallet and not through the developers’ own choice of a third payment gateway. For instance, PayPal the largest worldwide payment gateway is now no longer on Google’s list, which I have to say is rather surprising. However, I think Google want to force people to use its own system whether developers want to or not.
Developers apparently get paid on the second day of the month, with the money arriving in their bank accounts five days later. For people who rely on this money, it is very poor for a multinational company the size of Google to simply “forget” to pay its contactors, even if they did issue an apology.