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We received an email from David Keyes at KeyesLabs today, with a detailed analysis of piracy in various countries. For those that don't know, David is the author of the battery saving app Screebl, and the open source licensing library AAL. A true pioneer in Android app copy protection.

According to David's data, the often used excuse of "Paid apps are not available in my country" is at least partly bogus. He has customers from countries such as Nigeria, Kuwait, and the Ukraine who have found ways of purchasing apps through the Android Market, without the full market officially being available there.

He also found most piracy comes from countries with full access to the Android Market, with as many as 2/3 of total pirated installs coming from these countries. Additional countries with extremely high piracy rates are Spain, Italy, and Australia with rates of 89% or more! Oddly, he found the piracy rate in Japan to be nearly non-existent, which I believe may be an abnormality or have more to do with a culture based on courtesy and respect.

Piracy Rate By Country

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For further reading check out his original article, "A Global Piracy Heat Map". Remember that many app developers are trying to support families, and pay mortgages 99 cents at a time, we must support our developers for our platform to continue to grow.

Source: KeyesLabs

Justin Case
Justin Case is a 30yr old father of four. He has an ever changing array of Android devices, and an eye for mobile security.
  • another one

    No dev lives off of there app. Or they don't rely on it. Don't make it seem like that

    • Justin Case

      I am earning more than many american workers, from my android apps alone, and I am very very small time. Plenty of money is to be made, legally from apps. Other developers (http://arronla.com/2010/08/android-revenue-advanced-task-manager/) are making a very nice incomes.

    • Phil

      Not true, I make a living off my apps

      • Justin Case

        At least give you app a shout out! Maybe some of us would want to buy a copy.

  • bsu

    Do not support piracy. Support open source instead!

    • Justin Case

      Open source is great, but many open source projects are ran by or contributed to from the private sector. Developers have to earn a living somehow.

      Android wouldn't be what it is, and neither would any other major open source project (can we say Linux?) without contributions from people and companies that earn money selling proprietary software.

    • http://www.gaveuphope.com angstwad

      We're not talking about $50 software. We're talking about tiny apps, $1 apps in some cases. These guys sell these apps sometimes as a living, a hobby...whatever. They improve the devices we live with daily.

      Can't expect everything to be free. It's the unfortunate side effect of the 'net neutrality' mindset - that once something hits the 'net, illegal or not, it's no big deal.

      We're not taling about big, evil corporations nickel-and-diming you. Leave that to the cell carriers. These guys are just trying to monetize their immense dedications and time. Probably to keep their wives from divorcing them...from starting at the computer all day/night.

  • tmogeek

    I always buy the paid version if available. The couple of bucks that an app costs is worth it. I think devs need support. Sure I have my share of free apps, but who wants to pay for a finger pull app anyway? I don't bitch about ads in free apps, but pleez if you want me to pay for the app, price it so that you don't feel like you have to include ads too.

    • jcase

      Wow, seriously came across a paid app with ads? Thats crazy.

  • Rori

    "According to David’s data, the often used excuse of "Paid apps are not available in my country" is at least partly bogus. He has customers from countries such as Nigeria, Kuwait, and the Ukraine who have found ways of purchasing apps through the Android Market, without the full market officially being available there."

    Please tell me how... There are lot of cool apps I would like to buy but I'm prohibited to do so.... I feel like in old communists days - there is something across not crossable border which I could afford but I could not buy and have it...

    • Justin Case

      While I haven't explored this myself, I know others that have and will see what I can do.

  • kroff

    To access all apps in the market, you can get the app market access, but u need a rooted phone, or just insert a sim card from one of the mobile operators in countries that are supported by the market, like some prepaid tmobile or vodafone sim

    • Verszipo

      The question is can you actually pay for the apps ?
      I mean if i'm on "XYZ" network, I have a phone contract with them but my country is not in the list that can buy apps, i enable the market to show all apps using the app mentioned before, but how am i going to actually pay for the app when i select it in the market ???

      • Johnnie

        You use a credit card or pay pal. You don't have to pay for it via your phone contract.

  • Nabil Stendardo

    It sounds like a flawed survey at best, or a total LIE at worst (just to prove the point of the industry). Most people (even of those with Android phones) do not even know how how to illegally download apps. Besides, talking about lost sales here is a complete fallacy. Most of the downloads are done by a handful of people who just download tons of pirated apps to have them, and never actually use them.

  • asd

    So the countries that always accuse others of piracy and actually the largest pirates. hmmm.

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