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In-app Billing on Android Launching Next Week

In-app billing will go live next week on Android and developers can start testing the service on their apps now.  What is in-app billing?  A new feature that developers can build into apps that will allow users to purchase things like virtual goods or even upgrade the app they are using from a lite to full version.  The big thing here, is that developers will have additional income streams which hopefully means we’ll see better and better apps (or more apps for that matter).  It also means that apps will have fun little add-ons for all of us to tinker with.

Not exactly sure how payments will work, but the Android team did mention that this new process will use “familiar forms of payment” which we’re thinking probably means Google Checkout.  Although, adding a credit card might also be an option, which is fine as long as an app is up to security standards.

Via:  Android Developers Blog

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    YAY for tap tap revenge!

  • Anonymous

    This will definitely attract more developers to the android market but it will possibly lead to customers being nickel and dimed for updates, etc. Can you really call an app free if you have to pay for updates? I’ll reserve complete judgment for now but I am extremely wary of this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=24413858 Randy Havens

    I see this as the death of the free app. Sounds like GREAT news!… for developers. Not for consumers.

  • Trdracer21

    In order for developers to make apps on android you guys gotta buy and stop hacking that will make them add more apps! Support development for there hard work droidfans!

  • Trdracer21

    Aslong as good apps come to android and alot of them I’m happy especially games!!

  • Mjhzoom

    I can finally get the mighty eagle for Angry Birds

    • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

      I have no reason to spend 0.99$ on the mighty eagle just to pass one level…

      • Anonymous

        Especially when rovio has videos of how to beat every level with 3 stars available on their website for free.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

    I am willing to say that they do it similar to how facebook can charge your phone account. Through text messaging or data premiums….I do not see them going through google to do upgrades.

  • Jawshua

    It also means, things that used to be a standard part of the game, will be taken out and you’ll now have to pay for it. Oh you’re excited to get that new katana update in Fruit Ninja, well, it now costs a dollar.

    • Anonymous

      Hey! It’s 99¢, not $1!

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

    3 WORDS: Tap Tap Revenge

  • Anonymous

    $1.02 for a potion but the Ring of Doom is $0.99. That better be one hell of a potion to be more expensive then the “RING OF DOOOOMMMM!”

  • Anonymous

    $1.02 for a potion but the Ring of Doom is $0.99. That better be one hell of a potion to be more expensive then the “RING OF DOOOOMMMM!”

  • Anonymous

    $1.02 for a potion but the Ring of Doom is $0.99. That better be one hell of a potion to be more expensive then the “RING OF DOOOOMMMM!”

  • Anonymous

    $1.02 for a potion but the Ring of Doom is $0.99. That better be one hell of a potion to be more expensive then the “RING OF DOOOOMMMM!”

  • Anonymous

    $1.02 for a potion but the Ring of Doom is $0.99. That better be one hell of a potion to be more expensive then the “RING OF DOOOOMMMM!”

  • Anonymous

    Hurray for devs getting more money! But I’ll never be stupid enough to pay for additional in-app content. :P

  • http://twitter.com/RageXicity Mike

    This can only lead to good things.

    • Jawshua

      Yes it does… just not for the consumer. They will start charging for updates now as well.