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licensing air-for-android app - possible?

Dec 6, 2010 12:50 AM

Hi,

 

   I'm in the process of converting some flash apps into air apps for use on android market. These apps will be paid for, commercial apps, and as such need to be copy protected *somehow*.

   So far I've read into the LvL license manager at android market, which is a purely java based API, and as such I can't think of any way to integrate into that into an actionscript app. I've also contact android market directly and they've confirmed that it's the app itself which must manage the license protection.

 

   Has anyone any ideas how to stop the apps being pirated? Anyone know if the following ideas are possible?

 

   - adobe add license manager support to actionscript and hook in and use that? (I can't tell but it looks like adobe license manager code is only related to their "inMarket", which, as far as I can tell, is for .air files (not .apk andoird ones).

   - call a java function from actionscript somehow. Or create an entirely java based "license protector" app that is packaged into the apk somehow, and it is that part of the app that then conditionally loads in the rest of the air app? (I don't think this is possible as it would involve java and air runtimes to be active simultaneously inside one app).

   - put something into the app.xml/manifest file that effectively says "don't run this app if someone hasn't paid for a valid license"

 

 

Geoff

 
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    Dec 20, 2010 8:40 AM   in reply to Geoff987654321

    Hi Geoff,

     

    did you get anywhere with this. It looks like we can't add LVL at the moment

    is this correct?

     

    ta

     

    KBN

     
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    Jan 25, 2011 9:13 PM   in reply to Geoff987654321

    My name is Rob Christensen and I work on the AIR team. First, thank you for the feedback and my apologies for the delayed response. We are treating this as a high priority request. Though I cannot commit to a release time frame right now, I can confirm that we are actively investigating this and plan to provide support in an upcoming release.

     

    Rob Christensen 

    Product Manager, Adobe AIR

     
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    Feb 3, 2011 5:32 PM   in reply to Geoff987654321

    Hi,

     

    I am envolved in a project that will develop apps for Android, and Adobe Air is a possible choice.

     

    I am not very experienced with the Android market app licensing, so considering that LVL cannot be integrated to Adobe Air, I have the same doubt stated by Geoff:

     

    What are the possible ways to prevent Adobe Air apps for Android to be ilegally copied?

     

    Is it possible to integrate it to other commercial license management solutions?

     

    Thanks in advance,

     

    Inacio.

     
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    Jun 19, 2011 8:32 PM   in reply to Geoff987654321

    I would like to see this functionality added as well. Are there any updates on the development status of this feature?

     
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    Jun 27, 2011 12:56 PM   in reply to Geoff987654321

    I'm also interested in applying some features only available with the Java API too. Can we vote or something to push this a little bit? I'm planning to implement Licensing and In-App billing.

     

    In the meantime, I'm investigating how to connect to the API though a AS-Java socket, but I guess it's not safe to do that. Any ideas?

     
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    Jul 17, 2011 4:38 PM   in reply to mr. chaco

    I would also like in-app purchase and licensing for android market and for iOS at a later stage. Most people using Android have Android Market accounts. Plans for this functionality would be of great interest. Thanks.

     
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    Jul 19, 2011 8:31 PM   in reply to needleo

    To learn more about the new AIR 3 mobile and desktop features and develop apps with AIR 3, please apply for admission to our private prerelease program.

     

    -Pahup

     
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    Aug 29, 2011 1:19 PM   in reply to Robert Christensen

    Has a way been found to deal with licensing in the Android Market?

     
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    Jan 4, 2013 9:38 AM   in reply to Geoff987654321

    Take a look at Android License SDK.  It applies QuickLicense technology to Android applications to create time-limited Trials, Product, Subscription and Floating licenses.

     

    www.excelsoftware.com/androidlicensesdk

     
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    Jan 6, 2013 6:07 AM   in reply to Geoff987654321

    In-app purchases were the answer for me. I had a full version APK that was being pirated mercilessly, but now full functionality can only be accessed through in-app purchases from within a free download. Now anybody who distributes my app is simply promoting a paid product and sales increased tenfold.

     
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    Feb 14, 2013 1:49 PM   in reply to Robert Christensen

    Hello Robert,

     

    Is there already some progress in supporting adding LvL (licensing) to an APP for the Android market. I use Flash Professional. My App is ready for launch, but I need copy-protection!

     
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