Google said today it is launching a licensing service for applications in the Android Market to better protect developers against unauthorized user of their applications.
The Android Developer blog offers more details. “This simple and free service provides a secure mechanism to manage access to all Android Market paid applications targeting Android 1.5 or higher. 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.”
“This licensing service operating real time over the network provides more flexibility in choosing license-enforcement strategies, and a more secure approach in protecting your applications from unauthorized use, than copy protection.”
Google said it will replace the current Android Market copy-protection mechanism with this new licensing service over the next few months.