Converting FREE app to PAID app

by t.ar...@gmail.com » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 05:28:45 GMT


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 Hi,

app.
I was looking out for some alternative ways to make this happen.
I have an app with about 10K users. Users have their data stored
inside the application.
Lets call the existing FREE version com.myapp

I would like to sell myapp for $10.

How do I go about it?

If I create a new application, it does not accept com.myapp since it
says I already have an app on the store with the same name. Create a
new app: com.paidmyapp does not help because how do the existing 10K
users get their data from FREE version (myapp) to PAID version
(paidmyapp).

Any thoughts? Thanks for your help.


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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Raymond Rodgers » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 05:38:53 GMT


 

Funny, I just asked a very similar question last night but haven't 
gotten any responses yet. I *think* it might have something to do with 
the "shared user ID" in the project's manifest, but I'm not sure yet.
Raymond

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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Avraham Serour » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 05:39:40 GMT


 have the free app to export the settigns to your server or to user file or
somewhere
have the paid one import it

...

profit





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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Raymond Rodgers » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 05:42:01 GMT


 


While that's a simple way of doing it, there has to be a more elegant 
way of handling it.

Raymond

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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Stoyan Damov » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 05:42:06 GMT


 +1 for that, and if you share the backup/restore functionality code
between the 2 apps you'll have 1 more feature to the paid app - backup
(e.g. to SD card) and restore





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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Arjun » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 07:11:26 GMT


 I agree with Raymond. Performing an Import / Export is a workaround
that some users might not want to go though, specially if they have
sensitive data inside the application.

Any idea why didnt google have conversion from FREE to PAID?

Also, why cant we create a new app with same app ID? This would solve
the problem since
1) FREE app and PAID app cannot coexist on the device.
2) PAID app would access FREE app's app data hence no import / export.






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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Arjun » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 07:19:10 GMT


 I agree with Raymond. Performing an Import / Export is a workaround
that some users might not want to go though, specially if they have
sensitive data inside the application.

Any idea why didnt google have conversion from FREE to PAID?

Also, why cant we create a new app with same app ID? This would solve
the problem since
1) FREE app and PAID app cannot coexist on the device.
2) PAID app would access FREE app's app data hence no import / export.



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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Avraham Serour » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 07:20:23 GMT


 if your concern is sensitive data so don't export to your server, export to
a local file









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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by John Spurlock » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 11:20:11 GMT


 We plan on using a content provider (published by the FREE app) to
transfer data between packages - so the import happens automatically
the first time the PAID app is launched.

 http://code.google.com/android/devel/data/contentproviders.html 






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Converting FREE app to PAID app

by Sena Gbeckor-Kove » Thu, 05 Mar 2009 23:09:47 GMT


 You could add a DataProvider to the free app and the paid app could  
use that to do an import.

S









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