Buying apps, are they tied to an account?

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Buying apps, are they tied to an account?

Postposted on Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:55 pm

So I have an HTC sensation 4G. I haven't yet bought any apps but I was wondering about purchased apps. Are they bound to your account, can I then setup a tablet say and install that app I purchased with my shared account??? If I change phones do I have to repurchase my apps?

Some one told me that apps are account bound, like a steam game and you just have setup and android based phone with the same gmail account. If anyone can shed some light on app licensing/ownership whatever its called for android and or iOS devices I'm trying to get an understanding of it all.

EDIT:
Was looking around and stumbled onto google play, don't know what to make of it.
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Re: Buying apps, are they tied to an account?

Postposted on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:04 pm

Yes, apps you buy from the google market, now rebranded google play (it's exactly the same thing), are tied to your account. If you buy a new phone you can redownload them.

I would assume you can have them installed to multiple devices at the same time as well, but I've never tested that.
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Re: Buying apps, are they tied to an account?

Postposted on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:05 pm

So far, all the apps that I've bought or downloaded on my phone have been available for my tablet. I usually buy Amazon's FAotD on my phone, even if I'll be using it on my tablet. Also worked for the Google Market/Play store.
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Re: Buying apps, are they tied to an account?

Postposted on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:31 pm

Ok, awesome. Thanks guys.
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Re: Buying apps, are they tied to an account?

Postposted on Tue Mar 20, 2012 2:59 pm

Certain games need to be purchased separately if there are different versions optimized for different devices. Besides that they are all linked to your Google account.
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Re: Buying apps, are they tied to an account?

Postposted on Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:55 am

Additionally, some apps are not certified for tablets, and vice versa. For example, I don't think Amazon has a tablet app, preferring that you just use their website. Their phone app is pretty good.
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