Remember that new licensing service
for third-party developers that Google started advertising last month? A new exposé on Android Police
claims that it's actually pretty easy to get around -- easy enough so that the crack could probably be packaged into some sort of automated script that breaks protected apps en masse for distribution through pirate-friendly channels. Though that's obviously bad news for developers, it's just as bad for consumers on Android devices who've customarily had less support from top-tier software brands and game studios than Apple's App Store has -- not to say iPhone apps are uncrackable, of course, but considering how difficult it's been in the past to turn a profit in the Android Market
, every little bit helps. Let's hope a renewed focus on gaming in Gingerbread
helps the situation, eh? Follow the break for Android Police
's demo of the crack in action.