Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Apr 2012 23:51 UTC, submitted by bornagainenguin
Google "Just got off the phone with Google over their Android app store (Market or Google Play to those keeping track of the name changes) about an application that I purchased that can no longer be found. Evidentially their new policy in the Market can be summed up as a head shrug and the words 'I got mine'. They have decided their fifteen minute refund window is not only absolute, but also applies even in cases where the developers are actively screwing over their customers." Yes, it's an angry rant, and yes, if that bother you, you can skip it, but the guy or girl has a point. Google has some major work to do on the Play Store.
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iOS is no different
by tomz on Thu 12th Apr 2012 14:51 UTC
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In this case it was a free app, Zatelnet I think. Originally it did SSH for free using ads or something, then there was an "update" that added an in-app purchase to make it usable and limited it severely if you didn't do that. It got a bunch of one-stars shortly thereafter.

I can see his point, but I generally prefer to stick to opensource apps (not allowed on iOS without jailbreak), and those that have light/ad/free versions and pro versions. I've bought pro versions that were only contributions for good apps. There is caveat emptor. Apps will go without support, upgrades, or bugfixes. For that matter, many if not most phones capable of running ICS won't have a non-rooted upgrade path.

It should be against the terms and conditions to have an update that severely restricts or disables major functionality. The developer should be booted, but the best is to give one-stars. As I've noted, it happens on iOS too.

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