Android has announced that it has added in-app subscriptions to the Google Play appstore, a payment model that will benefit periodicals such as news and magazines. One important feature of Google Play’s implementation is that it also allow developers to offer their users the ability to carry their subscriptions across other platforms, such as on their websites. This is made possible through the provision of a HTTP-based RESTful API that will allow developers to query subscription statuses of their users.
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Android Adds In-app Subscriptions to Google Play; Allows Users to Carry Their Subscriptions Across Other PlatformsSaturday, May 26th, 2012
Research2Guidance has released a report that found that the boring category of Weather apps was actually the most lucrative paid-app category on Android Market. This was attributed to the fact that weather apps are a must-have app, but with little competition in the category.
The Android team has announced a new update to the Android Market app that they will be rolling out soon. This update, in addition to GUI improvements, will also allow users to rent and buy books directly from the Android Market, putting it in direct competition with Apple iTunes + iBook
Unfortunately, the movie rental and book purchase features will initially be only available in the US, and there are no concrete plans to offer these features to other regions.
Previously, the only way to search for Android apps on the Android Market is through your mobile phone. Clearly, one major shortcoming is the small screen, which made it a real pain, not only in viewing the screenshots and reading the text, but also having to scroll up and down to view the list of apps. Google unveiled Android market website to address just that.
Vs viewing apps on your phone:
In addition to just discovering new apps from your PC, you can also purchase or download apps from Android Market website and send these to your phone. Your previous activities on Android Market on your phone would have already registered your phone to your Google Android account and you should not have to set any connfigurations. To install apps from your PC, click on the “Install” button on the app. Android Market website would then check if the chosen app is compatitble with your phone:
If your phone is incompatible, then you won’t be able to install the app:
Otherwise:, you should be able to install the app.
Clicking on the “Install” button does not actually “send” the app to your phone. It probably just triggers your phone to download and install the app. Note that the installation on your phone does not happen immediately, it took my phone at least 20 min before the app got installed.
Android Blog has announced that it has partnered with AT&T to let AT&T customers bill their Android Market purchases to their phone bill, and have plans to bring direct carrier billing to other mobile phone carriers as well. Currently, the only payment method is via credit cards.
Android Developers Blog have announced that they’ll be rolling out a new version of the Android Market client to all Android phones running version 1.6 and above over the next 2 weeks.
In addition to GUI changes, there are also other important policy changes, such as the increase of the max .apk (Android Package) size from 25 MB to 50 MB; expect to see richer games and applications.
However, the refund window will be reduced drastically from the current 24 hours to 15 mins! Though I had felt that 24 hours was too long and unfair to developers, 15 min may be a little too short. Sometimes I’ll let my phone download the apps while I do something else, and only return to test downloaded app half an hour later.
(The new “Install/Free” button reminds me of Apple App Store, LOL)