Sunday, October 9, 2011

Android Market: Application Licensing vs In-app Billing

Licensing is the new way of doing Android Market copy protection. It requires the device to have the Android Market app, and the app must be associated to a Google account. The app that is licensed must be a paid app; free applications are considered licensed to all users. A down side is that many devices that are not licensed to use the official Google android apps won't be compatible with the licensing code.

In-app purchases are also tied to Android Market. Here you are still locked down to the official Android Market app, but your application does not need to be a paid one, according to This is cool in that you can release an application for free, then charge for extra content.

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