Google announces licensing service to combat piracy of Android apps

28 Jul

Google’s Android team has released a new service to help protect paid apps from getting pirated. The licensing service, which is available now, will make apps ping Google servers at regular intervals to ensure that only legitimate buyers can use an app. The service will work on all Android phones that have Android Market and are running Android 1.5 or higher. The service will be available to only those apps which are sold via Google’s Android Market application store.



Before this service, Google had placed restrictions on where and on which phones paid apps could be installed in order to disable users from copying those apps. Till now, paid apps were not allowed on phones that provided root access (where users can connect the phone to a PC and access all files, including app installation files) and users could not store these apps on a memory card, which was one of the biggest limitation considering most Android phones had just a few hundred megabytes of space for apps.



All this will change with the new licensing feature, which is now available to developers. However, app developers will have to tweak their apps by including the code for this service.

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