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Something You’ve Been Waiting For: Trial Apps

05/30/18 @ 08:54 AM


Looking to monetize your content? You should create a trial app.

Trial apps are downloaded by the user in a locked form. When the user launches the locked version, they will be instructed by a device nag screen that the app is a locked version and given instructions on where to go to get the unlocked version. The app implementation can lock down functionality based on the value of the Application.isTrial. The nag screens and digital rights management (DRM) are enforced by the app store and the device, but the unlock experience is a web experience implemented by you. You can collect leads, check if they are a premium member, or monetize in your unlock experience. Once the user has completed the unlock experience, they will have access to the unlocked version from the app store.

You can to create trial versions of apps for the following devices:

  • Approach® S60
  • D2™ Charlie
  • Descent Mk 1
  • Edge 130
  • Edge 520
  • Edge 520 Plus
  • Edge 820
  • Edge 1000
  • Edge 1030
  • fēnix® 5 family
  • fēnix Chronos
  • Forerunner 645 family
  • Forerunner 735XT
  • Forerunner 935
  • vívoactive® HR
  • vívoactive® 3
  • Oregon 700 family
  • Rino® 700 family
  • If you want to enable trial functionality for your apps, do the following:

    1. Contact the Connect IQ Developer Program to get the integration documentation
    2. Submit your UX documents to your developer program contact for certification
    3. Upload a your app (with unlock experience) to the app store as a beta app
    4. Allow Garmin to test the unlock experience
    5. When approved, upload a new app to app store for approval

    We look forward to working with you!

    Categories: Connect IQ SDK