Android developers getting underpaid due to a software glitch

Android developers getting underpaid due to a software glitch
If you were a hardworking software developer building popular and well-selling apps, you would be pretty frustrated, to say the least, if you realized one day that you are getting underpaid for your work, right? That is pretty much what is going on at camp Android right now – a number of software developers are reporting that the amount of money they are being paid through Google Checkout for their software does not match the number of times their apps have been purchased from the Android Market.

The issue was brought up about two weeks ago and it seems like Google is well aware of it. However, a solution to the problem is still nowhere in sight even though the company has promised to take care of it in a timely manner. What is causing all the troubles is not exactly clear just now, but it looks like Google Checkout is not processing all orders correctly resulting in a number of downloads being marked as shipped, yet the respective developer account does not get credited for that. Nevertheless, it has been confirmed that all developers who got underpaid will have their account balances fixed and will get reimbursed for the missing amount of money.

source: Android Market Forums via Electronista

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29 Comments

1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Go and develop for Samsungapps and bada instead. There you will not get underpaid.

2. yahoooooo unregistered

Perhaps one of the underpaid developers can help google and fix the terribad code?

3. HTCiscool

Posts: 449; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Unless I get affected by this I don't care.

4. dandirk

Posts: 187; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

This is a big one... once devs leave it will be hard to get them back.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

don't think is as big deal as long as devs get paid for the money they haven't gotten yet, many apps are considered nice sellers and are giving some decent amount of money I'm personalty mad that they did not find and fix this issue before but its not a reason to leave

9. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Well, at least Android Devs can always go to the Amazon App Store.

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I'll rather have them as far from there as posible

19. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Yeah, it would appear the Android Devs share that notion.

5. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

dandirk... please tell me. Once they leave Google--where are they going? WP7 or Apple......

10. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

WP7 which is rumored to have better monetization and documented to have better Dev Tools and support

20. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

They are going to bada : )

6. DROIDX0430

Posts: 469; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola all are under Google's control... Samsung Galaxy S2 HTC Vigor Motorola Droid Bionic LG (i don't know what they are up to) but-- OK Revolution2...

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, the glitch sucks, but it's good to know Google is already trying to fix it.

11. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Absolutely. Revenue from the ads in the apps sold is Google's main source of income. I bet they are throwing all resources at this one!

24. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh yes, because Foogle's "fixes" have done so much help in the past. [/sarcasm]

12. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

not good. Android market is not the same quality as apple app strore. google need to really start putting some more attention into it, so devs are tempted to put bigger budgets into apps.

14. snigglysucks unregistered

Sniggles... you do realize your beloved Googe has been knowingly stealing from their devs with no fix in sight right? They failed to mention it until devs brought it to their attention that they noticed the missing money, then stated it was a known issue. Oh look at you sticking behind your company like a true blue fandroid! Oh wait this isn't an apple article thats why you are acting as if this is no big deal! Google is a saint, keep your liver spotted hands off of her! Oh you beautiful little hypocrite you. Posted from my Nexus S.

15. duder unregistered

taking bets on who thinks this dude is taco.......

16. duder unregistered

Correction the way this dude talks sounds more like the miz

25. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh noes, you figured me out.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Uh...huh. Between this canary d**k and the guy who created "snaggly," seems I'm gaining some notoreity. I am amused. :)

21. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Sniggly you have to admit that if this was Apple you'd be screaming bloody murder and that Apple is STEALING. Since it's google it's fine. Google is fixing it! You're completely blinded by fanboyism. The sad thing is you actually think that you make well reasoned and well thought out unbiased comments. The reality is you're far from a reasonable commenter on PA.

23. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Looking in a mirror, Taco? If this were Apple, Apple would be denying that the issue exists and that developers should be happy their apps are on the market to begin with. However, if Apple's response to such an issue was similar to Google's, then I would respect that.

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You would not respect it. Apple had a fair response to the antenna issues and you made them out to be criminals.

28. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Bulls**t. I've covered this territory before. Pretending an issue doesn't exist, insulting their customers, lying about other companies having the same problem, and finally offering free bumpers for about two months without offering any kind of other fix and never apologizing for the issue does not constitute a fair response.

26. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Maybe you should stop making alts and get laid because that's just sad, Sniggles.

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I actually did get laid earlier, Miz. You should be one to talk about alt accounts, right, Awesome_Miz? :)

18. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

- a solution to the problem is still nowhere in sight - brilliant!!!!

22. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

No this is fine. The fact Google is shorting their developers money is not a big deal. Google is a great an innovative company. Apple on the other hand is a POS that use unfair business practices and steal from everyone. No one likes their crappy products because they all suck. All the facts prove this.

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