Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Google Play store changes and hobby development

My android apps, including BrogueX, are likely to be removed from the Google Play store in the near future by Google.  This is a mixed blessing, as I've been wondering what to do with BrogueX for quite a while.

In any case, the problem is that home developers are required to have their address (which will be their home address) on the public app page in the Google Play store.  It will likely be sitting there, with their full name.  This is not something that will bother businesses, but I imagine most home developers will find it very objectionable.  Those that do not pay a service with a real address to receive and send on their mail, in order to satisify this, will likely use a false address.

The reason for this is an EU directive.  I hear Apple is allowing people to opt out of markets that have this requirement, to avoid this problem.  Google however, seems to think that this is a reasonable thing to ask, and wishes to take the chance to force it in place worldwide.

One of the appealing things about app development, was that it was so easy for a home developer to get into.  Just write an app, pay $20 or so, fill in some form fields, and publish.

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