Google Android Market looks to protect apps

A new licensing service is intended to prevent unauthorized use of Android apps

Extending protection against unauthorized use of applications, stewards of the Google-backed Android mobile platform Tuesday unveiled a licensing service for applications in the Android Market.

The free service provides a secure mechanism to manage access to Android Market paid applications targeting Android 1.5 or higher, said Eric Chu, of the Android Developer Ecosystem, in a post on the Android Developers Blog.

[ InfoWorld reported last month about Android Market's reliability issues. ]

"At run time, with the inclusion of a set of libraries provided by us, your application can query the Android Market licensing server to determine the license status of your users. It returns information on whether your users are authorized to use the app based on stored sales records," Chu said.

The service operating in real time provides more flexibility in choosing license enforcement strategies as well as a more secure approach to protecting applications from unauthorized use, he said.

The intention is to replace the current Android Market copy protection mechanism with the licensing service during the next few months.

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