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In-App Billing Comes to Android Market

By - Source: Android Developers' Blog | B 7 comments

Google this week announced the arrival of in-app billing to the Android Market.

In-app billing is something most iPhone users are familiar with already. iOS developers have long had the option of offering an app for free, or very little, with the opportunity of upping revenue via in-app purchases made by customers. Think purchasing new songs or levels for games like Tap Tap Revenge, or new editions of publications, like Sports Illustrated or Men’s Health. Now, Android developers can do the same.

Google this week announced that in-app billing had finally arrived in the Android Market. With it come a host of new apps that use the new feature, including Tap Tap Revenge by Disney Mobile; Comics by ComiXology; Gun Bros, Deer Hunter Challenge HD, and WSOP3 by Glu Mobile; and Dungeon Defenders: FW Deluxe by Trendy Entertainment. Aside from pushing new features for apps you already have, in-app purchases also offer a unique opportunity for try-before-you-buy.

Learn more about in-app billing here.

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    saxplayingcompnerd , April 1, 2011 6:22 AM
    will be interesting to see how people crack through this
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    f-14 , April 1, 2011 7:54 AM
    microsoft out did you changing my date to may 1st when the clock rolled over, was trying to figure out how microsoft security essentials said its virus definition was out of date and hadn't been scanned in 7 days yet it had the same definition number when i hit update and had just let it scan the previous night!
    ooh hahahahaha very funny microsoft!
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    silverblue , April 1, 2011 10:41 AM
    Yes, but did you have to post that on nearly every topic published today? :) 
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    hoofhearted , April 1, 2011 12:20 PM
    in-app billing is just deceptive. All it does is allow devs to hide the real prices.
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    c0oim4n , April 1, 2011 2:48 PM
    hoofheartedin-app billing is just deceptive. All it does is allow devs to hide the real prices.

    Very true. They make you think you're only paying $.99 for an app when you're really paying a lot more in the long run
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    eddieroolz , April 1, 2011 4:56 PM
    I wonder if this will be the new form of DRM and anti-piracy measures. If apps cost nothing to download but requires micropurchases, then it would be much harder to crack, perhaps.
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    enforcer22 , April 3, 2011 4:51 AM
    hoofheartedin-app billing is just deceptive. All it does is allow devs to hide the real prices.

    Way to true....Thats always what happens when this type of thing gets implemented.
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