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Developer won't do paid apps on Android as it's too complex

updated 06:50 pm EDT, Tue March 13, 2012

Dev explains why paid Android apps ruled out

Indie game developer Retro Dreamer in a post Tuesday highlighted a wider-reaching problem with Android app sales. The company declined having any paid app on Android as the way the Google Play Store (Android Market) was inherently much more complex than it was on Apple's App Store. Google's Wallet system (replacing Checkout) treated each sale as though it were a sale direct to the customer; the process made it difficult for a small developer to even consider supporting other countries, since they had to account for every country's individual rules, such as European or even US state taxes.

Apple's model took care of this behind the scenes, making it much easier for a developer to branch out. Google's approach was thrusting the responsibility on companies that was deemed excessive.

"Why is this market leaving it up to me to figure this out?" Gavin of Retro Dreamer asked. "I obviously don't understand it, and it's not economical for me to figure it out for the sake of a few 99c app sales in all these different countries. What exactly would I be getting for my 30% payment processing fee [to Google]?"

The firm didn't want to dismiss Android outright, but it saw from comments that other developers were facing the same experience by using the Google Play Store. In the near term, the only full, paid apps for Android would be on the Amazon Appstore, while iOS users were the only ones who could expect paid apps worldwide.

By Electronista Staff


  1. chas_m




    Just keeps getting better and better. Need more popcorn now.

  1. Jeronimo2000

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    chas_m, right on. Android is winning, clearly.

    And facebook_Jeff, congrats for making the dumbest, most tasteless comment ever on this here website.

  1. aardman

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    Amateur night at the corner office

    Things like this, and there have been quite a few, makes one suspect that Google's CEO is not up to the job.

  1. Jubeikiwagami

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    Easy for Google to tout

    "What exactly would I be getting for my 30% payment processing fee [to Google]?"

    Well you get market share leader Google/Android to sell your product through. Android out numbers iOS and keeps on climbing to be dominant like Windows. So your paying Google for that free ride. Well thats the idea. So with Android/Google you get all headaches and hassles, hoping the Android Freetards will buy your App, so its all worth it. I guess.

  1. macnnoel

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    it's all about marketshare!

  1. Nekogami13

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    The only people making money on Android is Google and Microsoft. What a surprise.

  1. UmarOMC

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    With no iPhone on T-Mobile

    ...and after coming to hate BlackBerry I guess I'll be going with an Android-based phone. I'd prefer getting an iPhone and love the BlackBerry's security features...

  1. testudo

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    One independent developer is complaining about google store apps, and it's a sign of how the entire thing is a failure. If an indie developer complained about apple's store, we'd hear how he was an idiot, didn't know what he was talking about, look at all the people making money on the store, etc, etc, etc.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    And that game looks sooooo good, I can't wait to download it on the iStore!

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