Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 08:21 UTC
Google "Sebastian Holst makes yoga mobile apps with his wife, a yoga instructor. The Mobile Yogi is sold in all the major mobile app stores. But when someone buys his app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: the buyer's full name, location and email address. He says consumers are not aware that Google Inc. is sharing their personal information with third parties. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third-party developers when they buy apps, he said." Oh Google.
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Google Play is different from all other app stores.
On Amazon App Store and Apple App Store, Amazon/Apple is the seller. They pay the developer royalties.

On Google Play, the developer is the seller.
He pays royalty to Google Play for the broker services.

Apple and Amazon do a lot more work for their 30% cut than Google does. Google should be reducing its cut to 15% IMO.

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jared_wilkes Member since:

No, just wrong, patently false.

Google does not pass on 100% of app revenue to devs and then get payed back a 30% cut. And Apple and Amazon aren't different because you decided to use "royalties" inappropriately.

Such misinformation is not helpful, nor do I even see how, if such a setup were the case, that would impact this privacy issue anyway. It simply sounds like tortured and incorrect rationalization in hopes of handwaving away a real privacy issue.

Edited 2013-02-15 19:05 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:

No, just wrong, patently false.

You don't even have a Google Wallet merchant account, yet you think that you are in a position to make such claims?
(Do you even have a CC registered with Google Wallet?)

All the statements made by GP are factually correct.

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