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Should Google remove the option to sideload Android apps?

0. phoneArena 26 Jul 2012, 04:38 posted on

The problem with Android app piracy seems to be escalating lately, with more and more developers expressing their negative opinion towards the platform's little to no protection against it...

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posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:41 33

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


"No I Like my Freedom"

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 07:08 16

46. Firedrops (Posts: 249; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Yeah. How am I supposed to test my apps on my phone if I can't sideload them? I probably can't used my personalized versions either, even if the original app is free.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 09:13 6

65. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I also voted for this.

I have to admit that I have sideloaded pirate apps, such as Apparatus to try it first.. and then I bought it full price ($6.99)

Grand Theft Auto 3 is not available in my country and I was more than willing to pay for it. So I also sideloaded that, but only after trying to reach Rockstar to open the game worldwide, but I got no reply.

It is a matter of education and consciousness about what you are given and what you should give in return to devs.

If I like an app and consider that it is worth what you pay for, then I pay for it... but I have come across some expensive apps (cough Aftermath cough) that really disappoint, or lack compatibility, and I feel ripped.

I am not in favor of piracy, but depriving our freedom does not fix the issue.

Apps like Power Amp have a good anti-piracy check system.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 13:21 2

79. crankyd00d (Posts: 191; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Where's the option "I have bought 100+ Apps and it wouldn't be fair for me to get my freedom compromised because of the cheap parasite assholes" lol
Freedom ftw

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 14:02 2

82. aikonix (Posts: 60; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)


couple of things here i want to express...

first of all, developers can create some sort of valid authentication license in their app that requires the proof of purchase, i have seen this on some games.

also, second off, i personally believe developers should give out more "trials" like play this game up to level 5 and if u want up to level 25 u have to buy it. things like that would make a big deal to a lot of people.

and thirdly, yes, google should have google play store gift cards that u can buy everywhere like u can itunes cards.

just my 2 cents

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:46 1

106. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


seems like a great way to improve the system we all share and love. as for the iOS crowd I have bought apps that work and when the system was updated the app never was it became a pile of code sitting on my iDevice. i feel like the Play store has a better communication system between devs and users. anyway Google Play Gift Cards sound like a great way of changing the landscape of Android.

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:00 1

101. jroc74 (Posts: 6015; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I agree.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:45 21

2. deacz (Posts: 162; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


yea wow horrible idea, lets remove the main reason to go with andriod...idiots

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:58 12

34. absolete (Posts: 12; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Yea keep android open, if you lock everything up you'll end up with iOS... YUCK haha

What they should do is those verification checks! In Kairosoft's software such as mega mall story even if you get a pirate apk, it wont work because it has to be verified by the play store... Trust me, I tried :P I think a system like that would be much better

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:51 20

3. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


open source is open source, you can't delete the option

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:53 6

4. Ray.S (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Won't Android remain open-source, if you can't install apps downloaded from random websites?

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:31 6

24. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Wow people are stupid! its not taking away the freedom of android its just removing the piracy off of random websites... you will still be able to customize your phone the way you want and still download apps from the google play store....Did any of you read this article correctly?? removing the piracy will help the devs make a more confined and mature platform...they are in no way trying to make us like apples ios(restricted) if thats what everyone here is thinking..

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:53 11

31. nyuvo (Posts: 72; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Exactly, as much as everybody likes the idea of having free apps.. I would rather piracy was limited to say those who root their phones (as with jailbreak) and have a tighter system. This would bring the overall quality of apps up as more money would be given to developers.

Of course I guess people are just to tight to spend $1 on an app, when the truth is, its really not that much money.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 06:13 4

36. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


well if an app is average and has average feed back letting everyone know that its an "ok" game, then you shouldn't have to pay a dollar for it. But if the app has a lot of popularity and is a really good game, then we should give credit where credit is due right?

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 11:45 3

75. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


App devs should be allowed to earn a living off their work many users are enjoying regardless of OS. My econ professor always said, "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch". The question to your statement is, would you constantly spend time developing a game without earning wages just so everyone can enjoy it, even if it's rated as average?

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:40

104. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


as in my previous post. If a developer had a Encryption system drm like that google can develope it would not really matter if you download that app by side-loading it won't work because it can't be authenticated thus allowing dev's to show there true skill set and for dev's that offer there apps through direct download link(i.e. Netflix, and Opera) it would not be affected as there app would be designed in a way that side-loading would be possible therefore a great solution is found.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:53 16

5. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


OMG this is such a dumb poll since you perfectly know that 80% of people are going to vote NO !!!

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 06:19

100. Darkerm (Posts: 308; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Great Comment Mate ;)

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:54 21

6. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I had to answer with the option that led to decreased piracy.

I would prefer for Android to remain as open as possible, but there has to be a way Google can discourage piracy without killing the openness of the platform.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 04:56 12

8. Ray.S (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


Thumbs up for that, you've made the right choice.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:05 14

15. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


And who are you to decide what is right and what is wrong for someone else?
The answer to the above question is NO.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:12 12

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The question itself isn't flexible enough. No one who uses Android wants it closed off, but people like me feel that the devs should be rewarded for the hard work they put into their programs.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:20 13

20. Ray.S (Posts: 339; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


The thing is, if people actually bother to read the article, they will notice that I don't say Google should close Android, but simply close that part of it that allows users to install pirated apks so easily.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:26 19

22. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I understood the article just fine. However, the poll question itself is written poorly. Sideloading can be useful for purposes other than piracy; what Google needs to do is have a process that reads newly installed software to see if it matches three conditions: 1) is it on Google Play? 2) is it a "paid" app or free one? 3) if it's a "paid" app, is it on the list of apps that the user has paid for?

If the first two conditions are met but not the third, then the device simply blocks the use of that app with a message asking them to buy the official version.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:37 14

25. SonyFTW2020 (Posts: 311; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wow someone with brains and can actually read...Phone Arena please give this man an award....seriously cause majority of people here did not understand this article...LOL

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 07:01 3

44. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4857; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yes I was going to say the same thing. On Android is way too easy to load a pirated app. Look at Dead Trigger. Google needs to protect the developers & make a new system so it can't be so EASY to side load a pirated app.

To remove that feature all together is not the answer, Google has to get on the ball & finally address this issue.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 05:53 4

32. kanagadeepan (Posts: 943; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)


Very TRUE sir... Google should allow to side-load FREE apps and my old purchased apps... Thats much much better than firing a house to kill the bl00dy rats...

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 07:22 2

49. Aeires (unregistered)


Or the app itself can have a verification process. Every time I buy a new device or root, I have to verify Documents To Go the first time I launch it. A one time verification isn't going to kill anyone.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 07:24 3

50. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


there is a piracy protection method ON the android market.... and is kinda similar to that.... but some devs are quite lazy in implementing the method

posted on 27 Jul 2012, 07:57

109. OSFantasma (Posts: 119; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)


your right and with it was introduce with jelly bean but is compatible with the latest Google play store.. I Knew I saw that somewhere. Google has had there Engineers working on a solution.

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