Message info From:Mark Carter Subject:[android-developers] Re: Getting Acquired: Selling Apps and Games to a Business/Investor Date:Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:45:15 -0700 (PDT)

Does Google currently facilitate the transfer of acquired apps/games from one developer account to another? 

Earlier this month I emailed Google to transfer my paid app from my personal Google account to my Google Apps for Business account. I was expecting it to take days or weeks so thought there would be no harm emailing them just before bedtime. Woke up the next morning to find the app had been transferred in less than two hours and that it had been "unpublished" (presumably because there was some subtle change required by me to some pricing - can't remember exactly). So I lost almost half a day's - yeah, I like a good sleep - sales but not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

Also, devs need to be aware of this: 

On Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:30:39 PM UTC+8, Rob Jackson wrote:
I'm working on an article about app developers selling their apps/games to larger companies for and hoping some developers here may be able to offer some insight. If you have any experience, insight, stories to share, or people to refer, please respond here or shoot me an E-Mail at rob (at) phandroid (.) com

Some specific questions I have:
  • Does Google currently facilitate the transfer of acquired apps/games from one developer account to another?
  • If so, what are the requirements?
  • If not, is this something Google may plan for the future?
  • Does Google recommend any "best practices" for Android Developers so that they may one day sell their app with minimal complications? Perhaps creating a separate dev account for each account, or signing each app with a different key, or any other practices?
  • Can a developer change the signing key of an app upon request or through any automated means?

I'm guessing the process is rudimentary and relegated to the huge companies buying big name apps like Draw Something, but curious to hear your thoughts. I'm still hoping Google will implement some simpler Developer features like Github-style organization/team management so multiple developers can administer an application in the Market/Play.

Thanks for your help!

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