While it came to market slightly after the iTunes App Store, the Google Play Store has definitely made up for lost time. The Google Play Store currently boasts over 1 million unique applications (“apps”) available for download and over 50 billion installed apps. Android developers, including many video game developers, can access an impressive global distribution network for their mobile applications currently boasting over 1 billion activated Android devices. Access to this impressive distribution mechanism is not without its price, however. In the name of maintaining the quality of the Google Play Store and protecting its users, Google maintains significant control over uploaded apps through its Google Play Developer Distribution Agreement (the “Distribution Agreement”). With successful apps like SwiftKey having over 1 million paid downloads, however, many developers will view this as a small price to pay indeed.This blog article examines the implications for developers of the control Google maintains over uploaded apps under the Distribution Agreement through terms and conditions such as user privacy, user support obligations, intellectual property licenses, and takedown requirements.Privacy Obligations and Support ObligationsThe Distribution Agreement requires developers to protect the privacy of users, support distributed apps, and permit unlimited reinstalls:User Privacy. Developers must agree to protect the privacy and legal… Read full this story
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