PIRACY Posts on XDA

[Update: Not leaked] Source code for DexGuard, commercial anti-piracy software, leaks online

DexGuard is a popular commercial anti-piracy software written by Guardsquare which can help obfuscate an APK file. It's pretty easy to decompile an Android app and take a look at its internal workings, but obfuscation programs such as DexGuard make that pretty difficult. The software protects applications from reverse engineering attacks too, to prevent users...

[Update: Fix] PSA: Latest Play Store update breaks license verification for paid apps

Google offers a number of tools to developers to protect their applications and ensure that pirates can't easily sideload the premium versions of their apps. One of these tools is LVL, the License Verification Library. Many applications on the Play Store use it such as Substratum and our own XDA Navigation Gestures App. But there's a major problem: In the...

Today Calendar Developer Deals With Pirates In A New Way

When Jack Underwood, developer of Today Calendar revealed that only 15% of users of the premium version had actually purchased the app, he also revealed his plans for dealing with the 85% of users that were pirating the application.When he first gave the figures above, Reddit users took it upon themselves to help his plight, offering a wide...

Piracy Testimonies, Causes and Prevention

We’ve talked plenty about how Android often gets less developer focus than iOS and other platforms, and how the system as a whole often sees slower updates, missing functionality, delayed releases or an absolute lack of support. Some popular apps never make it to our green robot OS in the first place, and many users are often...