August 5, 2011 | by Charles West
It seems like the app compensation scandal with Android developers has continued to grow more and more by the day. In a report from The Register, some Android app developers aren’t receiving the earnings they’ve generated through web-based Market sales. Google’s Android Market support forums are full of devs stating that there are discrepancies with the orders being charged and the payout they’ve received each month.
This story has been brewing since reports tracing back to the end of last year, with a few developers noticing a mismatch between sales and receipts. Unfortunately, this problem only escalated with developers receiving a bum deal in the Amazon Appstore’s “Free App of the Day.” In the situation with Amazon, the prevailing thought was that Amazon paid developers 20 percent of their normal sale price and gave the app favored promotion.
In addressing this compensation issue, The Register notes rumblings of a “Developers’ Union” and there is even a petition going around to renegotiate sales tax, initiate a removal appeal process, and more. In response to this developer revolt, Google employee HeidiLC posted this response on behalf of the company:
Thanks for posting and for your patience. We’re aware of the issue, and we’re working on fixing it. Once the fix goes out (soon!), orders should be moved to the correct state, which will enable disbursement amounts to be recovered. So if your July activity payouts were underpaid, you will be notified, and your September 1 payout will contain the missing amounts.Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this has caused, and thanks again for posting your reports of the problem here.
I hope Google is taking this matter serious, working on a fix to put the flames out to this media firestorm. This no doubt puts Google in a bad light, and if not addressed it could become detrimental when it comes losing devs to other emerging platforms.