Android Market refund window apparently expands to 48 hours (update: Or not?)
Update: We're being told by one developer that actually this wording is unchanged, and the 15-minute window still applies, it's just that Google has that long to refund the money. We're seeking clarification from Google, and watching our hope wane.
Google caused a fairly big stink nearly a year ago when it changed the window to uninstall and refund a purchased application to just 15 minutes -- a far cry shorter than 24-hour window we'd previously enjoyed.
But according to a new version of the developer distribution agreement being pushed out today, that window has been expanded, and expanded to a full two days. Here's the line from Section 3.4:
Good on Google for changing this one. While we don't want anyone abusing the refunds process, 15 minutes was absolutely too short a time to try out an application.
By the way, if you're a developer, make sure you log in to your developer portal to accept the new agreement. Wouldn't want your app yanked unnecessarily.
Thanks, Joe and Nick!
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I bet they realized that the changing the return window in no way affected the rate of piracy, they need to find better ways to secure their market.
http://developer.android.com/guide/publishing/licensing.html I'm using it on my own app, it's a lot harder to crack this one than normal. This service will allow the developer to specify when the app needs to ask Google whether the app is bought(though the Market) or not. Then it's up to the developer to do anything he likes. If you want to bypass this, you need to decompile the code and fix it so it won't block the app.