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Site announcement: AndroidPIT App Center is closing

Back in 2009, AndroidPIT launched its own App Center. Unlike Google, our App Center had a web-based interface (as well as a standalone app), it offered a 24-hour return policy on paid-for apps, and it was the first app store where you could buy apps without using a credit card. No wonder it was so popular. Since we launched, we’ve delivered over 50 million app downloads.

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The app center is closing, but the app profiles live on! / © ANDROIDPIT

We’re proud of this number, and what we built, but new EU tax laws mean that in order to keep the App Center running we would have to undertake significant development work. And at a time when Google Play has become the main source of app downloads, with third-party app stores becoming less popular with users and developers, we’ve taken the decision to close the AndroidPIT App Center so that we can focus our development efforts on adding new app discovery features to AndroidPIT.com.

We'll soon be launching an all-new app with app discovery at its heart, to help you find the best apps around based on your interests and preferences. In the meantime, make sure you have the latest version of the AndroidPIT app installed for all your app news, offers, hardware reviews, Android news, comparisons, tips and tricks.

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Don't forget we recently launched our app profile pages too, where you can get all the app info you need: testimonials, reviews, recommendations and the chance to ask any questions you might have. If you think you know a particular app really well, then why not help our community find their feet too!

We’d like to offer our thanks to everyone who has used and supported the App Center over the years and to assure you that when it comes to helping you find the best apps to help you get more done, or have more fun, that’s still at the heart of what we do. But from 1 January 2015, we’ll be linking directly to apps on Google Play and the AndroidPIT App Center will be closed down. The opportunity to re-download any apps that you purchased from our App Center ends on 31 December 2014.

We will also email users of our App Center to inform them of our intention to close the service.

Below is an FAQ which we hope will answer any questions.

When will the App Center be closed?

The App Center will be closed on 31 December 2014.

Why are you closing the App Center?

New EU tax laws mean that in order to keep the App Center running we would have to undertake significant development work. We have decided instead to focus our resources on the website, community, a collection of great new apps and building better tools to help you find the best Android devices and apps to install on them.

How can I download apps that I have previously downloaded?

Neither free nor paid apps will continue to be offered for download when the App Center closes. You can re-download any apps that you purchased from our App Center up until 31 December 2014.

I have the AndroidPIT App Center app on my phone or tablet. Can I still buy apps?

When we close the App Center the app-download and app-buy functionality in the app will cease to work. We recommend that you instead use the Google Play Store to buy apps. However, you will still be able to use it to read our news, app reviews, and other articles and use our forums.

What if I keep the old App Center. Can I still buy apps?

No. The AndroidPIT App Center will not support any kind of app downloads or purchases any more. There is no alternative or "loophole" to continue to receive apps via the AndroidPIT App Center. However you will still be able read our news, app reviews, and other articles and use our forums.

What happens to apps that I have already purchased?

These are in your account and you can re-download them until 31 December 2014. For legal reasons we must then disable re-downloads. After that date, please contact the developer of the app.

Will I still get app updates?

No. We would like to continue to provide you with app updates, but this is prohibited for legal reasons.

How can I use the apps purchased on my device?

As long as you have the old App Center installed on your device you can continue to use all apps that you have purchased and already downloaded before 01 January 2015.

What if I have a new or repaired device? Can I install the apps again?

You can re-download any apps that you purchased from our App Center up until 31 December 2014. For legal reasons we must then disable downloads of these apps. After that date, please contact the developer of the app.

Can I copy apps that I already purchased to my computer?

No, this is not possible because the license conditions do not allow this.

Will the AndroidPIT app replace the App Center?

No, you can use both apps at the same time. However, you won’t be able to buy or re-download your purchased apps anymore.

Will my AndroidPIT  profile still exist?

Yes, your profile will still exist and will remain free to use as usual.

Where can I view my account balance?

You can do this by clicking the link “My page” on our website. You can find it by logging in and then clicking on your profile picture in the top right corner of our site.

What happens to my credit?

If your account balance still has credit, you can claim this back from us or support the AndroidPIT team by donating.

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My account is in the red. How can I offset the outstanding amount?

To make up for your negative balance, please send a payment to paypal@androidpit.de for the designated amount. When paying, please enter the email address associated with your AndroidPIT profile.

Can I return all the apps I purchased?

No, you can only return apps within 24 hours of downloading them. In other cases, apps cannot be returned.

What will happen with the mobile App Center?

The mobile App Center will remain enabled in order for you to use apps purchased from us. However, we will no longer offer it for download. Instead, we recommend that you download our all new and improved AndroidPIT App. Click here now to download it!

What will happen with the heading / option ‘My Apps’ in the mobile App Center?

The section will remain. However, you won’t be able to re-download your apps after 31 December 2014. In our new AndroidPIT app, you can easily access all your app favourites. From there you will be able to manage your apps in the future. Click here to download the new AndroidPIT App now.

Will you continue to test and recommend apps?

Yes! We love discovering new Android apps and sharing them with you. You’ll find our reviews and app roundups on AndroidPIT.com

What will happen to the category ‘Apps’ on your website?

This category will remain on the site. You’ll find interesting apps here and soon we will launch our new app discovery feature to help you find the best apps for you. You can also read our app reviews in the ‘Apps’ category.

Who do I contact if I have questions or problems with my purchased apps?

For all questions about updates, licenses or problems please contact the app developer directly.

The license I purchased for my app no longer works / has expired. From whom do I get a new one?

If you have questions about licenses please contact the developer.

What will happen to the licensing process of purchased apps?

The old App Center continues to administer the licenses of your purchased apps, so you can still use them as long as the old App Center is installed on your device.

Can I return an app if it’s not getting any more updates?

You can return apps up to 24 hours after your purchase. This functionality will cease to exist after 31 December 2014.

Who do I contact if I have further questions?

You can send a mail to our support email.

Developer FAQ

What happens to my profile?

Your profile remains and you will be able to claim your apps. It is, however, not possible to offer your apps for download or purchase on AndroidPIT any more.

What happens to my apps I’ve uploaded at AndroidPIT?

All hosted apps will be deleted after 31 December 2014.

Can I delete my apps myself?

No, this was never possible. We will delete all your apps after 31 December 2014.

Can I continue to update my apps I’ve uploaded at AndroidPIT?

Yes, but only up to 31 December 2014. After that, your apps will be deleted by us.

Can users still download my apps with the App Center?

Yes, but only up to 31 December 2014. After that, it will no longer be possible to download or buy apps.

Can users still use purchased apps after the App Center closes?

Yes, this will still be possible as long as they keep the App Center on their device.

Will AndroidPIT refund money to buyers of my apps?

No, we won’t make any refunds.

What will happen to the license codes I’ve uploaded to AndroidPIT?

We will delete all license codes on 1 January 2015.

Can users continue to find my apps on the website and in the new app?

Yes, we will keep all app profiles and pages.

What happens to the app profiles?

They remain. Users will be forwarded to Google Play if they click the ‘Install’ button.

What will happen to my developer profile?

This will remain and users will be able to visit it.

Can I sell my apps through the new AndroidPIT app?

No, you won’t be able to sell apps at all at AndroidPIT.

Is there another way to upload my apps to AndroidPIT and sell them?

No, you will no longer be able to upload and sell apps on AndroidPIT.

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  • MANI NV Feb 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Surprised to note a post in this forum, ""Currently Google play app does not see AndroidPIT installed apps and ignores them."". Is this true?

  • I really need to know which app I should use to retrieve accidentley deleted text messages,pictures and videos.they were very important.I can't root my android because I Don't have a Pc or A USB cord.HELP ME PLEASE AND THANK YOU

  • According to the new regulations, no change occurs when you sell services to a final consumer, which is your case. The VAT is still the one from *your* location. Only in B2B mode do you have to start charging the VAT (if required) from the customer location.

  • Totally sucks! And what sucks even more is the fact that your previously purchased Apps will be snatched from you through no fault of your own and you can't even get your money back! "Naah naah nah boo boo-- We got your money". No consolation prize, no "I'm sorry, but here's a little something for supporting us...". Nothing. Sounds like a Class Action Law suit will be " a-brewing."

  • Jean A. Nov 21, 2014 Link to comment

    I am so sorry to hear this. I love Androidpit and your app store.

  • CJ Brown Nov 20, 2014 Link to comment

    It is sad news, but all Countries want $ (so they tax people & companies)

    I like androidpit articles published with recommended apps that feature a link to the app's Google Play page (which means you need a credit / debt card if the app costs $)

  • Manuel Nov 19, 2014 Link to comment

    what's androidpit app center?

  • That is sad:( So how do we transfer paid apps to e.g. Google play so we can get updates to them from there? Currently Google play app does not see AndroidPIT installed apps and ignores them.

    • S D Nov 21, 2014 Link to comment

      Surely they must have something planned for this, since they're still allowing new purchases up until december 31st.

      Otherwise they might seem like a bunch of scammers. The sort of people who would make a BIG BLUE BUTTON to donate the rest of your remaining credits to them and just a small link to reclaim said credits. Nahhh... No such dishonesty to be found here.

  • That sucks...more EU BS. :-\

  • Sanjai Joseph
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    Nov 19, 2014 Link to comment

    This is really a sad news.. Hoping for the best ..

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