February 16, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Google’s Android Market is now a pay-to-play venture for U.S. and U.K. cell phone owners. Android enthusiasts will have to deal with paying for new applications and even some of the once-free apps that made the T-Mobile G1 such an attractive product.
Before going a spending frenzy to beef up your phone, there are a few things worth noting in the Android Market Business and Program Policies.
1. Returns are short but possible.
App browsing is a breeze when all of the products are free to try, so how will that change now that some apps cost money? Well, it basically won’t. Any app purchased from the Android Market can be returned within 24 hours from the time of purchase. That means from the moment you buy that app, not install it, so be sure to install right after purchasing and make a decision on whether or not paid apps are worth keeping.
2. Reinstalls are free.
The lack of an easy method to install apps to the SD card has worried some T-Mobile G1 owners. What will happen to those purchased apps if the phone runs out of storage space or a reset is necessary? The Android Market allows users to reinstall purchased apps an unlimited number of times.
3. Upgrades aren’t done through the Market.
The official policy states that any upgrades must be obtained directly from the Developer as the Market has “no upgrade functionality.” The use of the word ‘upgrade’ should mean that Google is not referring to version updates that address bugs, complaints, and new features.
4. Sexually Explicit Material is a no go.
Forget about finding Android apps to satisfy your adult content fix. The market does not permit nudity, sexually explicit material, or apps that drive traffic to commercial pornography sites.
5. You’re on your own.
Google makes it clear that they bear no responsibility in billing disputes related to app purchases. If you have a problem with a developer or want a refund outside of the 24 hour window, you must handle it directly with the developer or your credit card company.