Android Market In-app Billing is available at last |

Android and Me

We’ve known this was coming for some time, but the light finally turned green for in-app billing in the Android Market.

In-app billing has been a very successful model on iOS and is likely to entice some new blood to branch out to Android. Most commonly developers using this functionality make their apps available for free and then charge for upgrades, virtual goods or additional levels after users have gotten a taste of the app.

When used properly this can extend the life of an app or game and keep it interesting or useful, but when abused it can feel like you are being nickel and dimed to just play the game or use the app as it should have been originally designed.

The initial class of apps launching with in-app billing include; , , , , , and .

If you’re a curious developer you can find the instructions on implementing in-app billing .

As a user or developer what kind of implementations are you hoping to see or place in your apps?



i just found out we had tap tap revenge im so downloading it…

As a user I want to see all payments fully localised like PayPal does. Making a micropayment of 20p in the UK still incurs a charge (yes, I know its my bank thats responsible) of £1.50

If Google displays the price in my local currency I expect to pay in that currency. The disclaimer for currency transaction charges is not prominent. I bet lots of teens/kids will bleed money in charges when they buy in game upgrades etc…

Nice to hear that because it might set a new trend. In app billing would be really exciting for teenagers.

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