Google Play?

Google updated the “Android Market” to “Google Play”.

Previously, I was confused about app purchases.  Was the only option “charge to phone”?  Was the “purchase apps via credit card” option available before?

Now, the other payment options are more clearcut.  I can use a credit card to buy apps, rather than charging them to my phone.

If I buy apps via my credit card, does Verizon still get a cut?  That wasn’t clear.

After my disaster with “premium text messaging” fraud, I’m reluctant to charge app purchases to my phone.  It’s easier to contest a fake charge on my credit card bill than on my phone bill.  As a precaution, I disabled app purchases and premium text messaging.

How does Google Play work?  Most credit cards charge a high fee for small transactions.  Did Google negotiate a bulk discount with the credit card corporation?  For example, if I charge $1, a huge chunk of that goes to credit card fees.

I’m planning to buy some emulator apps.  I’m considering fpse.  I’m considering either andosbox or dosbox turbo.  I’d much rather charge the purchase to my credit card than to my phone bill.

7 Responses to Google Play?

    • I read that the only reason DosBox Turbo is faster than AnDosBox is that it has the sound configured for less accuracy. That video didn’t include sound.

      I’m almost definitely buying either DosBox Turbo or AnDosBox. I’m leaning towards AnDosBox. I’m also probably going to buy fpse.

      Now that I’m unemployed, I have less “gaming on the subway” time, making it less important.

      • The sound configuration is setup the same in the dosbox.conf file on the youtube video. I’ve got both of them, and I can’t tell the difference between the sound quality when I have them set the same. Anyway, I saw that comment too, the person is claiming dosbox turbo author is a scumbag, and that it keeps popping up at the top of the page every day with a few words changed… a little too suspicious for me, sounds almost like the author of andosbox is bad mouthing his competition.

        • It’s hard to tell unless I look at the source for both apps. If DosBox Turbo is a straight ripoff of AnDosBox, then why doesn’t AnDosBox just make those enhancements? It could be sour grapes by the AnDosBox author.

          Both authors are doing something unethical, by making a closed-source port of an open-source GPL program. They only will give you the source if you prove you’re a registered user. On the other hand, it is nontrivial work to make an Android port, due to the stupid way Google set up Android as a locked-down OS rather than full Linux.

          The feature that would make it for me is SAVESTATES. Neither has savestates. Regular DosBox doesn’t have savestates, but some variants do. Some dos games have savestates, but some don’t.

          I’m going to buy one or the other, but not both.

          • Yes, it sour grapes as you said. I try DosBox Turbo and sound exactly same as anDosBox, no quality loss.

            I like Turbo better for free virtual gamepad included. With andosbox you must buy extra $2.50 to buy the virtual gamepad. More money to spend for feature that come free with Turbo.

  1. The sound configuration is setup the same in the dosbox.conf file on the youtube video. I’ve got both of them, and I can’t tell the difference between the sound quality when I have them set the same. Anyway, I saw that comment too, the person is claiming dosbox turbo author is a scumbag, and that it keeps popping up at the top of the page every day with a few words changed… a little too suspicious for me, sounds almost like the author of andosbox is bad mouthing his competition.

    • TBH awaring a few words changed in user comment is a little too suspicious for me … that must mean alot to you.

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