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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Double44, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. Double44

    Double44 Member
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    I decide to read reviews for an app i purchased a few months back called "BT Controller", a bluetooth-based controller useful for emulation.. it was one of my faves.

    Anyway, I could not find the app in the 'Installed' apps section of the Play Store, or the 'All' apps section.. it was completely gone. Usually i can find a removed app in the 'All' section, but this particular app was completely wiped. I am angry because i paid license for the **** thing, and Google snagged it for reasons the user will never get to know.

    If I was on Gingerbread, i could have backed up the APK file without rooting.. but because I'm on Kitkat, the only way to backup paid apps is to root. I think it is well within their right to remove the app from the Play Store, but to completely prevent the user from re-downloading the removed app at a later time? How is any of that legal.. i mean it could have been a 15$ game like 'Final Fantasy', or an app using microtransactions.

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  2. johnny_w

    johnny_w Well-Known Member

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  3. vosg

    vosg Android Expert

    It's not true that you have to be rooted to backup apps on kitkat.
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  4. chanchan05

    chanchan05 The Doctor

    I've backed up paid apps on Helium and I've never rooted my current phone.
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  5. Double44

    Double44 Member
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    I contacted them, but they did not respond. I actually contacted Google and they refunded me the money. Thanks for the link :)

    On stock, you can only backup free apps, not paid apps. On Gingerbread, you could backup both free and paid. I think they changed this in later versions because the refunding was likely being abused.
  6. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    As Chanchan said, you can use the Helium app by Chainfire to back up apps on an unrooted device mate, for future reference. Glad Google sorted u out though :thumbup:

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