1. VyprNoch's Avatar
    So I just read this on phandroid.com that Google is making it mandatory to submit home address for apps that are paid or have in-app purchases from this September 30.

    I just checked on my developer console and it is true. I am unable to post screenshot from mobile.

    IMO this is crazy. I don't want people showing up at my house asking info about next release or removing bugs. It seems scary.

    Posted via Android Central App
    09-18-2014 11:07 AM
  2. VyprNoch's Avatar
    Here is the screenshot.

    Posted via Android Central App
    Attached Thumbnails Google play requires developers to make home address public.-screenshot_2014-09-18-20-34-00.jpg  
    09-18-2014 11:08 AM
  3. Bigballer's Avatar
    You steal my data, I'll come knocking on your door with a shotgun.
    09-18-2014 11:10 AM
  4. VyprNoch's Avatar
    Exactly. So now I can sit on Koush's porch or look through his window to check what he is working on next
    09-18-2014 12:05 PM
  5. Timelessblur's Avatar
    honestly not a huge fan of this at all. Now I am all for Google requiring you to supply one but I am against it being made public. If someone wants to contact you they could go threw google and google could forward it on to you but sure as hell not going to make it public. That is wrong.
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    09-18-2014 12:23 PM
  6. Almeuit's Avatar
    It says "Add a physical address" to your settings. They can set this as a business or whatever... It does not specifically say they must put their "Home" address.
    Bigballer likes this.
    09-18-2014 12:57 PM
  7. VyprNoch's Avatar
    So what address would an Indie developer add?
    09-18-2014 03:34 PM
  8. Almeuit's Avatar
    So what address would an Indie developer add?
    They technically can just find one for their state or city .. Such as a downtown building or their post office (P.O. Box) .. or whatever they want. They never stated it has to be their home address. Let's try not to make details up that aren't there .
    09-18-2014 04:08 PM
  9. Almeuit's Avatar
    No PO Boxes has to be a physical address
    Ah true it does say that -- Oops on my part .
    09-18-2014 04:40 PM
  10. barth2's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure this will get shot down pretty quickly.

    This is weird. I've seen apps that don't even list an email. They send you to a support page and you have to create an account to create a support ticket and all this crap. Forget it.
    09-18-2014 09:18 PM
  11. zorak950's Avatar
    I think that's part of the point: to ensure accountability for developers who charge for their apps.
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    09-19-2014 12:22 AM
  12. VyprNoch's Avatar
    I think that's part of the point: to ensure accountability for developers who charge for their apps.
    Accountability doesn't mean making home address public. I want to believe that Google will somehow make sure its not misused but with that dialog box right now, its something I don't want to fill in. Ever.

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    09-19-2014 02:45 AM
  13. barth2's Avatar
    I think it's just Jedi mind trick. Give us your address so we can make it public. Hell no! How about give us your address but we will keep it private and never divulge it without court order.. Okay, that sounds reasonable.
    09-19-2014 11:59 AM
  14. SG91's Avatar
    I think that's part of the point: to ensure accountability for developers who charge for their apps.
    Maybe Google could actually moderate their app store? If Microsoft and Apple can do it, so can Google. iOS is looking better and better. I just read a tutorial on how to create a keyboard, and damn, it's easy.
    09-20-2014 02:47 PM
  15. PlayableBox's Avatar
    Apple and Microsoft will probably do the same, PO BOX is physical address should be suitable and in accordance with the terms...
    09-20-2014 02:58 PM
  16. crabbist's Avatar
    This seems bizzare, what about the thousands of solo indie devs....nobody is going to want to put their home address up for everyone to see.
    09-23-2014 05:43 AM
  17. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Sounds like they want to scare all the money grabbing jack-wads out of their store whose Apps do nothing but show adverts. 'bout time that happened. Feeding on the cash cow and ripping off consumers is not a right. When you have no accountability, you should have no business. I don't agree with listing home addresses in public for this context either, but fully support a more clear means of contacting developers if there is an issue...
    09-23-2014 09:53 AM
  18. SG91's Avatar
    Apple and Microsoft will probably do the same, PO BOX is physical address should be suitable and in accordance with the terms...
    Um no they won't. Why? Because they're the actual sellers of the apps. Because Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Steam, etc are the actual sellers of applications, they handle all of the legal "limelight".

    Also: A PO Box is NOT a "physical address"!
    09-27-2014 04:36 AM
  19. SG91's Avatar
    Sounds like they want to scare all the money grabbing jack-wads out of their store whose Apps do nothing but show adverts. 'bout time that happened. Feeding on the cash cow and ripping off consumers is not a right. When you have no accountability, you should have no business. I don't agree with listing home addresses in public for this context either, but fully support a more clear means of contacting developers if there is an issue...
    So, you don't mind having the mess that Google created be handed over to indie devs? Google created this mess in the first place, Google should be the one to clean it up! Not us indie devs!


    Oh, and how about Google actually moderate and police the Play Store!?! Now that's a brilliant idea no one seems to have.
    09-27-2014 04:39 AM
  20. RumoredNow's Avatar
    So you apparently missed the part where I indicated I don't agree with public posting of address, but do support a mandatory contact method.

    Google created what mess? Some (not all, probably not you) developers having NO contact method? No website, no email, nada. Just take customers money and that's it. Tough. No recourse if an App doesn't work after the ridiculous 15 minute time limit expires on the Play Store return policy?

    Don't vent on me. I'm not Play and I'm also not one of the many thousands of predatory Self-Advertisement & Money Grabbing Machine disguised as an App developers either. They created the mess. Your peers.
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    09-27-2014 07:54 AM
  21. Bigballer's Avatar
    return period is now 90 minutes now, which should fix "some problems"
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    09-27-2014 12:12 PM
  22. RumoredNow's Avatar
    return period is now 90 minutes now, which should fix "some problems"
    That's good to know. Despite using Android right up until about 6 weeks ago, I've not had to return an App in years... I appreciate the update.
    09-28-2014 09:36 AM
  23. SG91's Avatar
    So you apparently missed the part where I indicated I don't agree with public posting of address, but do support a mandatory contact method.

    Google created what mess? Some (not all, probably not you) developers having NO contact method? No website, no email, nada. Just take customers money and that's it. Tough. No recourse if an App doesn't work after the ridiculous 15 minute time limit expires on the Play Store return policy?

    1) There already is a requirement to publicly post your email address!

    The announcement:
    "Contact email address is mandatory to publish or update an app or make a change to your app's Store Listing page, you need to include a contact email address. Your contact email address will be available to customers on your app's detail page on Google Play.

    To add a contact email address, go to your app’s Store Listing page and add an email address under "Contact Details"."



    2) Google created the mess by not setting at least some guidelines and not manually reviewing each app. What did Google think was going to happen when they opened the door to the kingdom and wrote "hey, you can do whatever you want!".

    Once again, I ask people why they haven't suggested that Google police the Play Store? It's like everyone is denying the fact that Google is the only one who doesn't police their app store.





    Oh, I hate this forum software. When I try highlighting something to style it, the style code gets inserted AT THE BEGINNING OF THE POST. Annoying!
    09-29-2014 01:31 AM
  24. zorak950's Avatar
    Once again, I ask people why they haven't suggested that Google police the Play Store?
    Google does police the Play Store in a limited fashion. Many people prefer that Google doesn't take a more active role in determining what content and functionality is allowed because they regard such policies as a slippery slope to blocking apps that some users actually want. Part of Android's appeal is its more open nature, and many of us are concerned that blocking apps from the Play Store could become a business decision rather than purely a consumer protection decision.
    RumoredNow likes this.
    09-29-2014 03:52 AM

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