Android applications produced in Romania now require hundreds of dollars for previously free functions

The Android interface customization applications, made by the Romanian company Treydev Inc., were recently bought by ZipoApps. However, users complain that shortly after the purchase, all applications began to display aggressive ads and introduced access on the basis of monthly or annual subscription of tens of dollars to gain access to the full functions of the applications.

Romanian developer Treydev sold several applications to ZipoApps in March. These are Mi Control Center, Material notification Shade, Material Status Bar, One Shade and Power Shade. These applications are used to modify certain elements of the Android interface, with access to multiple color options, backgrounds and more.

ZipoApps portfolio applications charge hundreds of dollars for subscriptions

However, ZipoApps has quickly introduced intrusive ads everywhere in these applications and allows use in a “free” version with ads and limited functionality, as well as the ability to subscribe to receive the full functions of the applications, with subscriptions from 99 to $ 360 a year. Of course, users have started “bombarding” the Play Store pages of apps with negative reviews of 1 or 2 stars.

However, the new owners of the applications do not seem to be affected by the situation. According to Android Police, neither ZipoApps nor Treydev answered questions about this situation. However, it is important to be careful if you have previously used any of the mentioned applications. There is a risk of pressing the “Start Free Trial” button to use the full-featured applications for seven days, after which the application charges the annual or monthly subscription amount.

These practices are not exactly new among mobile applications, both on Android and iOS, being detected more and more developers who try through various manipulation techniques to convince users to subscribe to services that offer paid functionality, which you can also find for free in other applications.

source: Android Police


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