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Android fans: pay for your apps, please

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Lucky this article was reproduced in full here. That way I can be sure that pcpro.co.uk don't get any ad revenue when I read it ;)

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meh i see just as many priated apps for ios floatingf around, and i only have free apps on my android handset anyways

couldnt care less for ****ty mobile games

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I've had an Android phone for almost a year now and I think I've bought 3 or so apps. Ones that had free versions that were amazing and I wanted to support the developer and so I bought the paid versions. In most cases the free ad-supported versions are good enough for me. I can live with a little advertisement taking up the bottom of my screen for a few seconds while using an app. I've never even been tempted to buy an app that didn't have a free version available because in every case I can think of save one there is a perfectly workable free version of the app. If that particular game finds itself being pirated 5 times for every legit copy sold there is a problem somewhere and I don't think it's solely within Android. A premium version with premium features that are actually worth paying for, but don't cripple the app in the process and make the free version inferior to the 5 other free apps that serve a similar purpose would probably help. (Hi EA Scrabble.)

Also a 4.7% drop for the quarter is hardly startling. Sensationalist reporting.

If they choose to go the DRM route they should do it in a way that's not going to decrease my battery life further or make my phone sluggish, I'm all for them protecting their intellectual property and turning a profit off of it, but not at the cost of my phone's performance.

Edit: Oh and the "shocking comments" in the article, those are nothing new either. Bring up piracy on any platform, or bring up used games for any platform, and you'll get a ton of comments like that. That's not exclusive to Android or Linux.

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An Infinity Blade port for Android is the only app I would ever pay for. Everything else, it's either free version or nothing.

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Apps are the lifeblood of a smartphone, for both developers and users

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Android apps are a joke. The build quality is awful compared to iOS apps. One example is The Weather Channel app, I compared them using an iPhone 4gs with my HTC Evo 3D. Absolutely disgusting, the iOS was well polished and professional looking, very smooth with screen transitions as well. As for the Android counterpart. Forget it, was laggy and looked nothing like its iPhone counterpart. This also goes with a few games as well. Im sorry as for the market place oh excuse me Play Store . The app store also has its piracy issues as well. /rant

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I used to root for piracy only. Given how cheap the apps are, I really see no use doing it now days though. Most have demos, so I try them, and go straight into it.

I think limited feature free apps are annoying. Time based full trial would work better for me in testing if apps are right for me.

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Android apps are a joke. The build quality is awful compared to iOS apps. One example is The Weather Channel app, I compared them using an iPhone 4gs with my HTC Evo 3D. Absolutely disgusting, the iOS was well polished and professional looking, very smooth with screen transitions as well. As for the Android counterpart. Forget it, was laggy and looked nothing like its iPhone counterpart. This also goes with a few games as well. Im sorry as for the market place oh excuse me Play Store . The app store also has its piracy issues as well. /rant

HTC has had nice and fancy looking weather apps since Android 1.5 and their first Sense UI.

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I personally just buy an app if I like it without worrying about the cost. Most apps are $0.99 anyway, which is nothing! :)

And the fact that the purchased app works across multiple devices is even better! Although even if it didn't I wouldn't really mind buying another copy for another device. :)

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It's the same theoretical statistics as piracy everywhere

What is to say that the 5:1 pirates would have bought the game anyway

Removing the app from the pirates reach does not say that his sales will suddenly increase by 5x

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The refund feature is pretty good too. Don't like it, get a refund.

I've got a few apps that work across devices. It's really bloody handy, especially with my widgets, as I can be familiar straight away with a different device.

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It's the same theoretical statistics as piracy everywhere

What is to say that the 5:1 pirates would have bought the game anyway

Removing the app from the pirates reach does not say that his sales will suddenly increase by 5x

Indeed. They are trying to create a link that says Android and iOS device owners spend the same on apps but due to piracy being lower on iOS the users buy things more often.

I think what they are missing is that studies have shown people who own iOS devices have more disposable income than the average Android device owner. That would indicate at-least to me that iOS device owners would be buying more apps than Android owners even if Piracy didn't exist.

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I used to find the build quality to be terrible however I have noticed an increase in quality recently and I have been buying the majority of my apps. Honestly I do pirate some but they are just games I try and find out they're boring so I don't purchase them.

I think Google is finally cleaning up their platform and i'm sure they will combat piracy at some point in a serious way. Or maybe because it's an open platform they can't *shrug*

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I've never pirated an app, especially on a rooted phone, because everything looks sketchy as hell. Apps also never break the bank so it'd be silly to give a modified device a ton of permissions to your phone too.

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I used to root for piracy only. Given how cheap the apps are, I really see no use doing it now days though. Most have demos, so I try them, and go straight into it.

I think limited feature free apps are annoying. Time based full trial would work better for me in testing if apps are right for me.

+1 what you cant pay 1.29$ i don't understand people pirating mobile apps when they can cost 1-5$, are you that poor, but you don't mind spending 500$+ on a smartphone!

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All my apps are paid for, happy to support developers and also picked up quite a few when Google had the 10p sale as well :)

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I bought 2 apps since I got my phone two months ago.... They're cheap, I mean, why not?

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1) Don't think you can live from developing mobile apps.

Yes, some developers can and do but the majority of app makers are people who want to make a living from it but in all seriousness they're simply not making enough money. They then put this down to piracy when it's more than likely just low numbers of people wanting to purchase that particular app. Unless you have already successful apps or are part of a company already making millions then you should expect your app to give you a little more pocket money no more.

2) App "gardens" = good.

I agree that the polished-only apps Apple allow is a great way forward. Google's Play Store is 80% full of rubbish. But this won't stop people pirating apps.

3) The circle of development.

Windows phone isn't that great as popular apps are taking their time being ported across. So nobody buys the Windows phones because there aren't many good apps for them. Developers don't bother wasting time developing for the Windows platform. When will developers realise to make something successful, you must have it available at the same price on all three platforms?

4) Have a realistic price.

Yes, many apps are as cheap as chips. But there are many which are completely overpriced. That is the main reason people pirate surely? Because they can't afford to buy the app. Cutting the price may encourage more people to buy.

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just saying... i bought this game for my g tab. so there you go Miles Jacobson!

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I think people are just ****ed at being nickel and dimed. I know app devs need to make money, but maybe being a professional mobile phone developer just isn't going to happen...

I mean once Apple introduced the app store, a few of the previously free apps I were using, became paid only on the app store. I stopped using them. That is just dumb. I see stores as a way to monetize. Now you have to worry about backuping up your apps, your licenses, and saving your apple id / play store id forever. It is annoying.

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old argument... developers aren't stopping PC game development because they make enough money to cover their costs and promote their titles. If they are smart, they have some online exclusive and once people see that the game is worth it, they will buy it.

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Only app I ever bought and would have bought is TitaniumBackup.

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I pirated a game on Android because I'd already given the developer my money when i bought it on iOS, didn't really wanna pay again just for changing ecosystems.

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Sharing is caring. If he doesn't like it, he can either 1) Make a version with advertising support. 2) Provide quality DLC to reward buyers. 3) go back to just iOS and be completely dependent on Apple for his company's mobile future. The latter's a risky business strategy.

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