After getting reports as well of my own paid (and hence copy-
protected) app being unavailable to Hero and Eris users, I've done
some more investigation on this issue. I'm 95% sure now that the issue
is that these handsets are stuck at Android v1.5, which uses the old
(pre-donut) Market client. The strong circumstantial evidence seems to
be that this client cannot now see copy-protected apps on the Market.
If any of you have access to a 1.5 handset (Hero, Eris, Cliq, any
Samsung), try it for yourself. Open the Market and look for paid apps,
any paid apps. The only ones I could find were Advanced Task Manager
(which, although $0.99, isn't copy-protected) and DoggCatcher
(mentioned in this thread as having copy-protection removed). That's
it. My own paid app isn't visible - though my free ones are - and
overall, I did a lot of browsing around in a sea of free apps. No paid
ones to be seen.
As a further test, I did a search for one of my free apps and found it
fine. I then turned on copy protection from my Developer Console and
it could no longer be found on the 1.5 client. I turned it off, and
the app came back (though it did take a few minutes). That's pretty
damn conclusive in my book.
It's also pretty serious for any developer trying to earn a living
from Android. 1.5 devices are still 24% of the market, thanks to HTC
and others dragging their feet issuing updates (source:
In addition to developers generally losing a quarter of their sales,
my own most worrying cases are these:
1. One of my free apps is a 7-day trial, with the license available as
a separate paid "app" on the market. I have customers who are ready
and willing to pay for my app - only they can't because the license
isn't visible from their phone.
2. Users who need to wipe or replace their phones, then being unable
to reinstall apps *which they have already paid for*.
Now, this is clearly a bug which has been introduced on the Market
server fairly recently; case 2 above is someone who was able to
install the app once (from his 1.5 Hero), but now can't. And clearly,
this bug didn't exist when we were all on 1.5. Therefore, it could
also be fixed server-side. The trouble is getting the attention of the
necessary people at Google to do so.
Apart from removing copy-protection altogether, is there any possible
way to address this from our side?
On Nov 23, 1:45 am, eric <supp...@snoggdoggler.com
> I released a new version of my app (DoggCatcher) to themarketand
> removed copy protection
> I did this after successful testing of an upgrade from the copy
> protected version to the new non copy protected version on a 1.5
> I also confirmed with one of my users that my app became visible in
> the SprintHeromarket. Today I stopped by a verizon store and