Android Market allows 24 hour trial period

In an interesting twist that could possibly change how other app store touting companies run their policies, Google's Android Market has been updated to allows apps to be returned after 24 hours, after news that the Market will take paid applications.

Androinica reports that the moment you purchase the app, not install it, you are given 24 hours to decide if you like it, and also that if after that you wish to obtain a refund, you have to settle that with the developer and not with Google themselves. Otherwise, you can take the matter to your credit card company directly.

Having to go to the developer directly to obtain a refund could possibly be more time consuming than Google themselves, but with the 24 hour trial time frame there's really no excuse. One of the biggest gripes customers have had with Apple's App Store is that they don't allow any trial versions of applications, and the only way for people to test items is for the developer to create a 'lite' version of an app.

Google's other policies state a few interesting things, including that (as previously known) application reinstalls are free, and that the Android Market has no application upgrade functionality. Androinica states, "The use of the word 'upgrade' should mean that Google is not referring to version updates that address bugs, complaints, and new features."

If you wish to read all about Google's policies, please visit their website.

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This sounds a bit stupid since you can download the installer file off the phone without much hassle, although, there seems to be some copy protection system in the works for paid apps.

Do developers have to offer refunds or is it optional on their part? I can just see so many issues if one was devloping some form of application which was a "run once" sort of affair that is designed to perform a task and not really need to be used again there after.

Also if the refunds are handled by the developer does that mean Google isn't taking a cut of the sale? If not who makes up the difference...

I duno, seems like it could be an issue for developers if they have no option but to opt in. They may be better selling the applications via their own stores.

whats stopping me from buying the apps; using it for the day; returning it for refund.

and repeating as many times as I want whenever I need that apps functionality for a bit.

this will kill the amount of developers publishing apps imo. The only reason so many developers write for the iPhone is because people will spend 99p easily, realise its crap and not think anything of it. This, allows people to essentialy make it look like the sale never took place.

It has its good and bad points, theoretically the quality of apps should be better, but there probably won't be as many of them.

I wouldn't like to gamble on it.

MiG- said,
this will kill the amount of developers publishing apps imo. The only reason so many developers write for the iPhone is because people will spend 99p easily, realise its crap and not think anything of it. This, allows people to essentialy make it look like the sale never took place.

It has its good and bad points, theoretically the quality of apps should be better, but there probably won't be as many of them.

I wouldn't like to gamble on it.


Hopefully it'll persuade developers to up the quality to not require a refund