Locus 4 - family library

GuRa shared this question 6 months ago
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Hi,

I am very much looking forward to Locus 4. And I am also willing to pay a regular fee for it – I also like to have regular income. Nevertheless, I wonder how you will deal with the google play family library? My children only use locus a few times per year - when I force them to go out into the nature with me :-), so a yearly subscription would be out of proportion.

Best wishes,

GuRa

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Would you be able to sign in to your locus accout on all the devices? main queation would be how would this affect live tracking?

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Hi ,

@GuRa - I'm sorry but Google Play doesn't allow sharing the In-App purchases (subscription) in Google Play Family

@ Alistair - Yes, it will be possible to log in to multiple devices, synchronize data between the devices. Live tracking feature will be available as part of the new subscription plan.

Thanks, Petr

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So with Locus pro we can share the purchase across google play family.

But with the new L4, it will be using the play in app purchases. So it cant be shared to anotehr family member.

Im in the same position as GuRa, while I have multiple devices signed in with my google account, so they will be able to sync tracks, POI and do live tracking with my user ID, I want to be able to see my wifes live tracking as well, and she only uses locus once a year, so with pro its fine.

Are you planning on doing any subscription system not using google play? that does lock out the amazon app store uses as well after all.

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I see but this is limited by Google. It seems that you can share the purchased app but not the content purchased "inside" the app when the subscription is in-app content/purchase.

At this moment only Google Play payments are supported. We'd like to offer more payment possibilities but there is no exact time plan right now.

Your wife can use the monthly payments (and to subscribe the premium for a single month). I'd like also to mention that only the creator of the Live tracking private room must have subscribed to the premium subs. So your wife can be a member of your private room without the usage of a premium subscription.

Thanks, Petr

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Hi Petr

If I can make a private room and my wife join, thats me sorted

Thanks for the reply

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Yes, that's possible.

Thanks, Petr

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Hi, I'd also would pay for a silver abonnement, but would like to share with my wifes phone.


How is this possible in the future?

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Hi Sven, I'm sorry but this isn't possible. Google doesn't allow sharing the subscription. I can only suggest to try a monthly plan and use it only one period. Thanks, Petr

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Hi Petr,

Thank you very much for your answer!

That's not what we are looking for exactly. Of course we could use the future "Locus classic" version (we have it for more than 5 years now), but then we can't support the developers team. We could, but I'm quite sure, if new android versions come up, new feature may be not supported anymore. (or will never be supported like dark mode, what I asked 5 years ago for, after i had burn marks in my amoled screen from usage at a 3 day MTB tour)

What we would suggest is, a revised payment model, like separate modules users could subscribe for, if they want to use them, but not as in app subscription... (e.g. my wife likes geocaching, but I would not need this...)

Perhaps this would bring back some jumpers or would animate more people to go with Locus Map 4?

Cheers

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I see but it's really quite complicated to prepare the mentioned module system (at least with the current Google Play subscription payment system). And such granularity would maybe complicate the purchase for other users.

What about the Silver plan? It should be an alternative for users who don't need the Gold features.

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Hi Max

Could you not add your google account to your wifes phone, and just disable all the drive/gmail etc and just have your lay store on their, in addition to hers

and therefore have access to the same account for subscription...

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From the discussion I understand that Locus itself sees no problem in family sharing, only because of the in-app construction of Locus4 Google Play gives problems in this. I would think the best possibility is that Locus, through clever programming, will release 3 versions: a basic version, the silver version and the gold version. They then each do not use the in-app, which makes family sharing possible again. Actually, this construction is already in the basic version; after all, you can still opt for the silver or gold version. The basic version already contains the entire program. It should then not be difficult to block the "gold part" in the silver version and market it as a silver app. As for the basic version, the "silver part" and the "gold part" can be blocked.

Another possibility is that a link is made with the Locus account within a basic version. I saw that it states which version has been paid for. In that case, the basic version will be able to have an online connection with the Locus administration at least once a month to check whether payment has been made.

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@Arnor - Thank you for the idea. Unfortunately, such a Silver or Gold app isn't really planned. This is probably a question on Google to enable Family sharing also for subscriptions.

Thanks, Petr

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