Nov 3, 2010
I'm nearing the end of a small project to develop an android app. As a first time developer, and a one-man band, I am anticipating selling it at a low price point. I have followed some of the discussions on the Android blog and elsewhere about licensing and obfuscation, and I am in two minds. Part of me thinks that I have spent a long time on the development, so why should I make it easy for people to pirate the app? The other part thinks that it could be fairly time consuming to implement licensing and obfuscation, stop people using the app from non-google supported countries and wondering how much of an issue it is anyway for a small app.
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However, if you google even a small app and add .apk at the end the number of "warez" downloads is fairly shocking if it's true. Just wondering whether anyone has any opinions either way, about the impact of piracy on a small developer. I'm not expecting to make my fortune with this app, and would aim for I guess 1000 downloads or so. I may even release an ad-supported version some way down the line depending on how sales held up, which would solve most of the problem I guess.