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In-App Billing Goes Live on Android

Along with the launch of Tap Tap Revenge 4 comes the activation of in-app billing for the first time on Android.  In-app billing allows developers to sell virtual goods from within their apps or even provide users with the option to upgrade from a free to paid version.  In Tap Tap Revenge’s case, users will now have the ability to purchase extra songs to battle it out with.  The hope here, is that more developers will look to Android as a legitimate mobile platform that they can make a living from, which in turn should give us better apps in the long run.

Several other apps are now taking advantage of in-app billing  as well:  Comics by ComiXology, Gun BrosDeer Hunter Challenge HD, WSOP3, and Dungeon Defenders: FW Deluxe.

Via:  Android Developers Blog

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    iPod Touch and Nano, both in terms of their price and size, have been gradually converging for years, and Apple should have understood.Imagine if Apple decided to release a new Nano that was twice as big and twice as heavy, with only half the battery life.

  • http://www.gadgetorama.fr/gadgets/331-icon-power-pack-batterie-externe-iphone-ipod-touch-et-ipod.html Batterie Externe iPod Touch

    iPod Touch and Nano, both in terms of their price and size, have been gradually converging for years, and Apple should have understood.Imagine if Apple decided to release a new Nano that was twice as big and twice as heavy, with only half the battery life.

  • http://www.library.miami.edu/chc/aboutus/pavilion.html Pepe Fanjul

    In Tap Tap Revenge’s case, users will now have the ability to purchase extra songs to battle it out with.

  • firemanprice

    Now Michael, if we add those up what you just said it’s at $8 already for one trip. I think the $10 a month charge really isn’t that bad for people who will use it on a daily bases.

  • Anonymous

    Do my purchases sync in my google account among all my devices?

  • Anonymous

    and this is why tap tap was free

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1529253836 Sal Belleci

    I think All APP Developers should Have a Use Before Purchasing I Saw PAID APPs I lke to get But After I Paid for it It was Not What I thought it was or did Not work

  • Trdracer21

    Just bring the apps good games that’s what I want

  • mikex

    Personally I’d rather keep doing it through google checkout. Less people with my info. I hope there’s still an option for that.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think there’s an option for using Google checkout, I believe it’s required. Your wish was granted by Google in advance. :-)

  • Mike

    This is probably going to cause developers to charge for updates now.

    • http://profiles.google.com/msrobi Mike Robinson

      I don’t see this happening. Right now you have 4 kinds of updates/addons.

      1) Updates that “add value” and “fix” problems like those released from LauncherPro and Tasker. If a fix is part of the update, the update should always be free. If this changed, these developers would probably be looking at legal action at some point and for these developers it would be way more work to fix problems and leave out new features than to simply add features to the update.

      2) Free app, addons cost…this has happened with a few apps like Juice Defender and SVOX already, so these might go in-app for purchases rather than separate apps in the market, but there’s really no change here.

      3) Companies like Gameloft that have their own store. This might change for some companies, as they might come back to the Market.

      4) Significant upgrades become a “sequel”. We see this most often with games, but have also seen it with a few apps.

  • Anonymous

    Picked up World Series of Poker: Holdem’ Legend the other day when it was the free app of the day for amazon app store.

  • Mr.Joe

    Another reason to get android over Apple!

  • Mr.Joe

    Another reason to get android over Apple!

    • Anonymous

      Fail

      • Anonymous

        Thank you for sharing your life-goal with us. It’s a bit off-topic, and not really an appropriate response to Mr. Joe, but we all wish you luck at failing.

    • Anonymous

      Care to explain why?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t wait until Verizon integrates this with VZ Navigator. Instead of $10/month, they can charge by use. For example. “Your destination has been located: For $2, we’ll tell you how to get there. For $4, we’ll route you around traffic. For an additional $2, we’ll list points of interest at your destination.”

  • http://twitter.com/RageXicity Mike

    Great for Devs, but it’s not my thing to spend money in an app if I purchased the app

  • guest

    BOUT TIME…

    • fartbubbler

      first by proxy.