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Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by wintermute000, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. wintermute000

    Thread Starter

    Happy droid user on Nexus One.

    THinking about playing around with one of those cheap android tablets. If I logon to that tablet with my google account, will it mess up my N1 and exsting account/settings?

    Also what happens with my apps? can I download the ones I've paid for again (onto the new device)? etc.

    Anyone rockin multiple droid devices, would appreciate your input
     


  2. Drhyde

    Drhyde Android Enthusiast

    Nope. I had a Behold II before I gave it to my brother. I never bothered to wipe it. Now, everytime I purchase an app (or vice versa), we share all the same apps. The paid ones don't have to be purchased again. Admittedly it's a bit cheap, but wasn't intended to screw Google. We just sort of found out by happenstance. As long you don't intend to modify one thing on one device that syncs you shouldn't have any issues. Both devices can be separate and they'll share all of your information and apps. Uninstalling an app on one device will not affect the other.
     
  3. marefin

    marefin Android Enthusiast

    It's the same thing for iPhones as well. I had an iPhone and then my brother got an iTouch and he was able to use my account to download the apps I had bought. Only difference is that I did have the intention to screw over Apple (well I think I screwed the people making the app more tho).
     
  4. wintermute000

    Thread Starter

    awesome thanks lads
     
  5. Howie

    Howie Android Expert

    it's assigned to the account, not device (with rare exceptions like NDrive)
     
  6. hawkins2202

    hawkins2202 Lurker

    so please explain how this can work, i have an evo with my own gmail account to sync calendar contacts etc. i purchased my wife the white evo and she has her own gmail for the same purpose except we sync our mail and calendars to just mine but her contacts and mine are synced sep so how can a purchased app on mine or hers be shared like we used to do with iphone/ipod touch??

    thanks
     
  7. Howie

    Howie Android Expert

    you can't unless you both sign in to the device with the same gmail account during setup (example: you buy one, use it, then you buy a new device and transfer your information to the new device). Two different users you won't be able to share. The apps are cheap, just buy it again for the other account if you really like it.
     
  8. hawkins2202

    hawkins2202 Lurker

    ok thank you for clearing that up, and i understand that the apps are fairly priced but so are the apps in the apple store but the point was you can share them with little to no hassle. just felt like this was a possibility. thank you for answering though any and all input only helps the poster and the readers for the future.

    h
     
  9. mrspeedmaster

    mrspeedmaster Android Expert

    Some are assigned to the emei like rock player so they are locked per device.
     
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