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[CNet] Did Google pull app for in-app purchase violation?

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It seems that in-app purchase problems are starting to affect Google too. Reports surfaced Thursday that the company removed an app over a violation of "payment rules."

Earlier this week, Google notified one of its developers that the developers' free app, Visual VoiceMail, was being pulled from the Android Market. The reason given was that the app violated a section of Google's developer agreement that covers pricing and payments, according to a report on GigaOM.

While Google hasn't been clear about the exact violation, Jonathan Hollander of PhoneFusion, makers of Visual VoiceMail, believes the problem is that the app doesn't use Google Checkout for in-app purchases. Instead, PhoneFusion runs in-app purchases through its Web site.
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It appears Google & Apple are preventing free apps...
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Google is mad I think because they aren't getting their piece of the money being made.

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While Google hasn't been clear about the exact violation, Jonathan Hollander of PhoneFusion, makers of Visual VoiceMail, believes the problem is that the app doesn't use Google Checkout for in-app purchases. Instead, PhoneFusion runs in-app purchases through its Web site.
Lot's of dev's do this I believe, so it doesn't make sense much.
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It appears Google & Apple are preventing free apps...
they aren't trying to stop free apps, they simple removed apps that don't comply with their TOS, and it is a time consuming process, so i imagine there will be more to come..

its a lot harder to get an app in the appstore than it is into google market place...and this company did pull the app cause it did violate the TOS about in app purchases.

so i don't know, i'm sure there is more to it than just this. i do like how the article compares what apple is doing to what google did...
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If your a dev, and you make something that is against the TOS, dont complain. Simple concept win?
    
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they aren't trying to stop free apps, they simple removed apps that don't comply with their TOS, and it is a time consuming process, so i imagine there will be more to come..

its a lot harder to get an app in the appstore than it is into google market place...and this company did pull the app cause it did violate the TOS about in app purchases.

so i don't know, i'm sure there is more to it than just this. i do like how the article compares what apple is doing to what google did...
Very solid points... +Rep
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At least Android allows one to get apps from alternate markets if one doesn't like Google's policies.
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The android market isnt available in quite a few countries so some devs run into problems with the payment system. The dev for launcher pro uses paypal for the full app because he cant use google checkout. So in some cases its necessary to break googles TOS, if however you can use it but you dont then it should be removed immediately.
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*waits for defenders of all thing Google*
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The android market isnt available in quite a few countries so some devs run into problems with the payment system. [...]
True, but i don't thing Google is to blame for it. As far as i can tell, market access is determined by carrier. I have no idea what they have to do with it, but it's a fact.

My market originally would only show free apps and even would lack some of Google's ows apps like Google Maps, which is absurd and surely have nothing to do with Google itself.

There's a workaround tho, there're apps that can emulate different carriers, so when i emulate T-Mobile US settings, my market works fully.
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If your a dev, and you make something that is against the TOS, dont complain. Simple concept win?
Goggles market isn't supported in some areas. I don't see anything wrong with this. And now not only do they have to change their app they also have to change their name. That sucks. I was not expecting that from google.
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