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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by davidroccato, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. davidroccato

    davidroccato Lurker
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    Hi,

    I need some help to understand how the Android app market works.

    I don't have an Android device but I have a blog where I write on different OS, iOS, Android, Windows and Symbian.

    I talk about photography and videography only. And I'm interested in only those apps.

    I need to understand few things if you can help me, please. So I can offer a better service to my readers.

    1) Is there the in-app purchase on the most of the Android apps? When I see the apps on google play, I never see anything about other costs. How can I check if is there an in-app purchase for an app on the web only?

    2) How do the redeem codes or promo codes work? Can I ask to a developer a promo code to give to my readers to test the app? What should I ask exactly?

    3) Is there a Web App where I can check every day the apps that go free, on photography only?

    Thank you very much, I hope you can help me to well understand this market.
    :)
     



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  2. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    Hi David,

    In-app billing work mostly for US-only if I recall correctly. To tell if an app uses in-app billing you can look at the permissions. If there is a permission with the word BILLING in it, then that app has in-app billing.

    Redeem/promo codes would have to be worked out on a case by case basis with each developer or publisher you want to work with.

    As for Market tracking app, AppBrain.com is a good website for that. I'm not sure it would let you see only photography apps, but you could search for them easily enough.
     
  3. davidroccato

    davidroccato Lurker
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    Thank you for your answers. I've just bookmarked AppBrain.com for now and I'll check it better this weekend. And I'll start to check the permissions for eventually some in-app purchase.

    How the promo codes work in any case? It can be a silly question but I prefer to ask to be sure. Do you insert a key directly from the telephone or do you do it from the desktop and sync on the telephone later?
    :)
     
  4. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    No problem, and welcome to the forums!

    There's no promo code system really, so any type of promotion would be a custom built by each developer/publisher.

    Games often use custom promo code systems they built for promotion of in-game content.

    e.g. if you use my referral code, then I get a magical sword of +5 awesomeness :D (just an example).
     
  5. davidroccato

    davidroccato Lurker
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    oh! It sounds a bit complicated or am I wrong? So the promo code depends on the country or on the device type? Or it's just for the app type and version and if I get one from a developer, I can just give it to first that want to write the review for it?

    Thanks for the welcome :)
     
  6. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    It all depends on the dev. All the code for any type of promo has to be written from scratch. So unless they already have a solution they coded, you likely wont find many devs willing to write promotions for you. It's a lot of work. Some may have a system in place though, you basically just have to ask each one.
     
  7. davidroccato

    davidroccato Lurker
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    ok, I understand that, thank you. It's easier if they pay the cost with paypal then! :O

    Last question if you don't mind. Is google play the only market for the apps? Reading around, sometimes I ended up to Androidzoom or even another one that I don't remember, if I'm not wrong. But I haven't checked if all the apps are inside google play.
     
  8. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande?

    There are many Android Markets out there. Amazon, GetJar, SlideMe, just to name a few :)
     
  9. davidroccato

    davidroccato Lurker
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    oh! The most of the time I end up talking about apps that show on google play market so I thought it was the only one or sort of. Thanks in any case. :)
     
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