An anonymous reader writes: A couple months ago, I purchased a spiffy little application for a buck or two on the Android Marketplace that allowed me to control my Winamp client via Wifi on my home network. It was actually a fantastic app. However, upon flashing my phone to an updated rom and reinstalling my apps, I noticed my remote app was missing.
Low and behold, the app was ganked from the marketplace by Google as the app developer has apparently used the name "Winamp" in the title of the app. (aWinampRemote). No refund. No warning. No nothing.
I'm not really upset about the matter, because life goes on and inevitably, shit happens. But it made me wonder. What now? The developer could upload the app named as something else, but that would require all his users to download the new version to receive automated updates, and users who purchased the pro version are likely looking at another fee. Google is unlikely going to let him resume or rename the old app due to the lock.
So what now, Google / Developer? What now?
I'm just throwing this out there, and I'm open to suggestions. Are buyers responsible for developers mistakes?