Android Piracy Is So Bad, You Can’t Even Charge For Apps Anymore

Android Piracy Is So Bad, You Can’t Even Charge For Apps Anymore

If you thought the iOS App Store had issues with piracy, think again. The Google Play store, home to over 500,000 Android apps, is in a much worse position. Apparently, piracy on the Android platform is such an issue that developers are, in a sense, beginning to give up.

The developers behind Dead Trigger, an FPS available on both Android and iOS, have decided to give up the fight, and are now making the popular game completely free on Google Play, due to the outrageous piracy.

Originally priced at only $0.99 in order to get the game into as many hands as possible, Dead Trigger was still subject to an “unbelievably high” piracy rate. With the game itself now free, Madfinger Games has promised not to go the “freemium” route, avoiding in-app purchases.

Interestingly enough, the game remains available on the iOS App Store for the same $0.99. It’s no wonder developers still choose iOS first.

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  • djrobsd

    Here’s a tip for developers. Make content that people actually WANT to pay for and they will. Even people who pirate apps will eventually pay for them, IF they feel they are worth the money being charged for them. I’m really surprised so many people pirate a 99 cent game, I don’t even think twice before spending a buck on an app.

  • patstar5

    That’s why people love android. Everyone tells me everything is free. Apps,music,games,etc. All they do is pirate! It’s too open. Google needs to have some control. It’s not that the apps aon’t good it’s that android people are cheap stakes and won’t pay $1 for an app.

  • Nikolai Baker

    I think it comes with the territory. Don’t get me wrong, it shouldn’t happen and it shouldn’t be able to happen, but it does. But I guess Google made the choice to have an open environment whilst Apple chose the walled garden approach, which in it’s nature is more secure. They should of anticipated this far sooner then they have, but at least something’s being done now.

  • pongscript

    on android there is a lot of free games and apps which you have to pay on IOS, eg angry birds..etc. on down side, it is not profitable for developers. and consumer could pirate apps by simple copying files to their sdcard and installing apps. on ios it is profitable for Developers and almost all free apps and games available on android are paid apps on IOS, but jailbreak an IOS and its a different story. jailbreak also allow piracy, but risk of loosing warranty and bricking. I been android(xperia) and IOS (4s) user, on my IOS I Would pay for an app, which is not bad, but i wish there is more trial app. on android i never purchase anything. and yes, that means pirating valuable games and apps. the only thing that I missing on android is wide range of useful app that is not available on IOS Such as torrent apps, apps that you dont need to keep your screen on to comple the upload or dowbload or other task that it should accomplish and more. and also I wish that app store would not take you out of the appstore everytime you download an app.. thats all.

  • Alex Hazel

    on android there is a lot of free games and apps which you have to pay on IOS, eg angry birds..etc. on down side, it is not profitable for developers. and consumer could pirate apps by simple copying files to their sdcard and installing apps. on ios it is profitable for Developers and almost all free apps and games available on android are paid apps on IOS, but jailbreak an IOS and its a different story. jailbreak also allow piracy, but risk of loosing warranty and bricking. I been android(xperia) and IOS (4s) user, on my IOS I Would pay for an app, which is not bad, but i wish there is more trial app. on android i never purchase anything. and yes, that means pirating valuable games and apps. the only thing that I missing on android is wide range of useful app that is not available on IOS Such as torrent apps, apps that you dont need to keep your screen on to comple the upload or dowbload or other task that it should accomplish and more. and also I wish that app store would not take you out of the appstore everytime you download an app.. thats all.

    iOS 6 has fixed that issue. Now when you download an app you are not forced to leave the app store and go back to the home screen. You can stay in the store and keep browsing and shopping.

  • Mackster248

    “Apparently, piracy on the Android platform is such an issue that developers are, in a sense, beginning to give up.”

    Such a bold statement when you only have on example, eyh?

    While it sucks that devs lose money due to pirates, I honestly don’t see this as too much of an issue. App pirates will always pirate apps. Just the way it is, but it’s not as widespread as you all think. To pirate an app on Android, you simply take the .apk file, put it on your SD card, then use a file manager app to install it. Now…. Out of the dozen+ close friends that I know have Android, I’m literally the ONLY one that even knows what an .apk file is. That’s why the general Android user doesn’t pirate apps and this isn’t a “widespread” problem as this writer is making it out to be. It’s the same with iOS, if you can jailbreak (which is damn easy to do BTW) then you can pirate apps. But like on Android, the general iOS user doesn’t jailbreak and know all of this technical mumbo jumbo.

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