Clarifications for developers, uploading applications, price setting, etc
Ready to cash out your earnings from SlideME user purchases of your applications? We make it easy. As a SlideME Android developer you have access to a number of convenient payout options for funds that have accumulated in your account. You can choose to cash these out whenever you wish, but remember that applicable transaction fees will be deducted with each payout.
SlideME offers you the convenience of payouts by:
Feel free to suggest more payout options and how you wish to get paid. Contact SlideME.
Earnings from sales will be automatically remitted to your preferred Payment account. Assure your set your 'Payout Info' details. You can 'Request a Payment' using a link at anytime providing you have accumulated $50 minimum in your earnings balance.
Developers get further details from SlideME Developer's Rate Schedule
The process for a developer to publish a paid application and receive payout:
1. Create an account on SlideME as a developer.
2. Stock your applications to SlideME's inventory
3. Choose if you wish to protect your applications with SlideLock
4. Publish your applications for distribution
5. Complete the Payout Info form available from Edit > Payout Info, including Cheque Remittance details, Bank Account, and optional Paypal account details.
6. If a non-US resident, fill out and e-sign the W-8BEN form under My Profile > Contracts. This form simply confirms to SlideME you are not a US tax resident.
7. Request a Payment below the earnings block available from 'Transactions' > 'Payments' details Menu. Once request for payment has been initiated expect payment to have been processed within 7 days (Net-7 days).
The Payout dues, are based upon the payment method used by the consumer. This model has been implemented to maintain highest payouts to developer and to permit SlideME to adopt multiple type of Payment methods the consumer can utilize from any parts of the world or entity. Every payment method has its own processing fees. E.g, introducing carrier billing by X carrier, the carrier could set a fee of 20%. A prepaid card from country Y could have processing fees consisting of a % and a fixed rate per transaction.
An applications is published by the developer at a fee of $1.00
The consumer uses Amazon Payments as a payment method (fees: 5% + $0.05). The developer will receive $0.90
If the same application purchased via Amazon Payments and is sold to the UK since the UK has a Sales Tax rate of 20% VAT, the developer will receive $1.00 / 1.20 - ($1.00x0.05+0.05) = $0.73
**SlideME handles the Sales Tax complexities. With SlideME the developer is not required as set out in the Android Market Terms & Conditions to apply sales tax, collect the sales tax and remit to the country authorities the collected sales taxes.**
If you reside outside the USA, all SlideME will need is for you to sign a W8BEN form. This form needs to be sent to us before we can remit payment to you. This is quite a simple form to confirm to SlideME that you are a tax citizen/resident of your country and that we do not need to withhold any fees from your payout when paying your invoice.
You can withdraw funds from Earnings Balance once you reach the minimum of $50 USD (reduced from $100 on March 8, 2013). Do contact is if you need a payout sooner.
For any applications that have VAT applied to them or a sales tax, we purchase your item minus this sales tax. The rate you wish to sell your application will be the final price to consumer. SlideME takes care of collecting applied sales taxes to customers invoices and remits accordingly to the acquiring authorities.
Details available from the DDA Developer Distribution Agreement.
* The payout limit set to $50 is only for keeping administration resources to a minimum and making it worthwhile for developer to receive the highest payout with minimal remittance fees. If you would like to receive payouts sooner, do contact us at SlideME and our friendly staff we will be glad to accommodate your requirements.
Non-US tax residents are required to complete a W-8BEN form and submit it to SlideME. This completed form is only kept internally for SlideME's records. This form simply confirms to SlideME you are not a US tax resident.
To find out more about the W-8BEN, click on the link below to go to Wikipedia’s article on the W-8BEN form.
Depending on your jurisdiction, this may very well be requested prior to any remittance to you. Non-US providers should research further what a W-8BENis.
To submit the W-8BEN form to SlideME, you must first set your remittance information for your developer account.
Visit My Profile -> Edit -> Payout Info.
After setting your Payout info, you will be able to visit Contracts to e-sign the W-8BEN form. When requesting to e-sign the W-8BEN form, and email will be sent to your email address on file. You then need to click on the link within your email you received from echosign.com to e-sign online. (Assure you check your spam folder in case email does not appear in your inbox.)
Application submissions are reviewed by SlideME staff to ensure they meet our minimum standards and quality guidelines. Applications that do not meet these requirements are not approved or are denied. Due to the volume of applications submitted to the marketplace, it can take a variable amount of time for your application to be properly reviewed. If your application has not been approved within 4 business days, please review the guidelines below to ensure your submission was not in error or to make the proper changes before opening a support ticket. If you created multiple new application submissions within 48 hours, please wait 7 business days before opening a ticket.
We do not provide any specific times or estimates beyond what is written in the approval guidelines as above. Note that applications not marked as "Published" in their edit node are not reviewed by our editors; and Denied applications not queued "To Be Reviewed" are not re-reviewed by our editors.
Google Play (Android Market) did not have any form of application submission approval process until a few months prior to March 17, 2015, and should not be used for comparison when opening a support ticket. Applications submitted to Google Play are often immediately published even if they are junk, IP infringing, etc, and may only be reviewed afterward if they need removal by Google staff. Your application approval status on other markets has no bearing on whether your submission will be approved on SlideME. Using such an argument when contacting us may cause your ticket to be closed.
At the top of your application’s profile page, you will find the status of your application submission. The following labels will explain the status of your application in our catalog. Once your application status changes, an email will be sent informing you of this change and any issues or reasons for the change if applicable. Be sure to check your junk/spam folder of your registered email address, and that the email you have registered with SlideME is correct and without typos.
When updating an application, do not alter the complete app title, permissions, or free to paid status, as these will set your application status under re-review to ensure such changes are compliant with our current guidelines. Applications under re-review fall under a similar, but separate, time frame as applications initially submitted for approval of up to 4 business days; though approvals for applications under re-review generally occur within 24 hours if submitted during normal business hours.
The following applications are not permitted on SlideME and will be rejected indisputably:
Review the following minimum standards for application submissions:
If your application contains video advertisements that are required in order to unlock free rewards, your application long description must contain the following disclaimer verbatim: *Internet access may be required. This application contains optional video advertisements that can be viewed to provide you additional rewards. Additional data charges may apply if roaming or not connected to Wi-fi.
Paid applications that contain advertisement SDKs are in violation of the Developer Distribution Agreement and will be Denied. Paid applications must be completely clean of all ad network related jar files and references regardless if they are currently disabled. If your application is Denied for this reason, there will be no exceptions made by our support desk; you must remove all traces of ad network files or limit your submission to free apps containing ads. Disabling the ad network, removing from the application manifest, or removing internet permissions is not satisfactory.
Additionally, promoting other games or websites without user provocation (such as before loading the main activity of the application or between “levels” or loading screens), is considered advertising under SlideME guidelines.
Review the following quality guidelines for application submissions:
If you wish to promote your own Android apps published on SlideME, you can visit your application profile on SlideME, and click on the right widget, "Promote your App now!"
You will be able to see a list of widgets that you can use to promote your own Android applications. To get a taste of what they look like, check out the Win With Widgets blog post.
SlideME provides the option for developers to add descriptions to Applications in other languages your Application supports (compiled with other locales). Currently the Short Description, Long Description and Application Name title, can be translated into such other languages (locales) supported by the compiled Application.
Note: the main title of the Application as it exists from the Android Manifest cannot be edited. This comes from the Android Manifest.
To add Translations, developer can visit the Application profile from the Translations Tab.
The translated textual information will appear within the SlideME Market App (SAM) and appear within the "Local Apps" listings dependent on the language SAM is used in and users country. The purpose of this feature is to present localized Applications to users from such countries and in their native language.
The username that you registered with is also used as your developer profile name and is displayed under each application. You can retain your username for login purposes and set an "Organization" name that will display to users instead of your username. Some special characters and spaces are permitted in the "Organization" field. This field can be edited by clicking "My Profile" > "Edit" > "Profile".
If you still wish to change your username, please contact us through http://slideme.org/contact
Please note that special characters or spaces are no longer allowed in the username. Only latin characters and numbers can be used.
The title of the application is not editable in SlideME. The label name is extracted from the Android Manifest of each application. If you wish to change the name, edit the Android Manifest and re-upload the application. Do not create a new node, update the existing one by replacing the old apk. The name that appears on our store is the same one users will see when the application is installed to their device, which avoids confusion for less savvy users that many developers seem unaware of.
For applications that have additional language locales, you have the option to add 'Translations' based on the supported languages your application has been compiled with. From this option you are able to add foreign text to your title of your application in addition to the short and long description fields. Your application can appear in users native language with this "Local Apps" feature from SlideME.
Login to your SlideME developer account and go to the application you wish to update. Click on "Edit" at the top of the page. Scroll down to your uploaded apk and click "Change". Replace the apk with the updated one. Then click "Save" at the bottom of the page.
Please note that if the updated apk has a new package name, application name, label or permissions, your application will go back to the approval queue.
If this apk is a new version of your application, make sure you have set a higher value on the versionCode, and check the box that reads "This is a new version of the application" before you click Save.
Yes, indeed. SlideME's SlideLock can help you with this.
The payment flow is as such. Buyer selects application, submits payment details and upon authorization we deliver the application.
If for some reason the application fails to install, we are not prepared to absorb the processing cost. Therefore such nominal processing fees will be debited from your account, viewable in the transactions section of your account.
For details on such fees please refer to the the http://slideme.org/rate-schedule
A chargeback is when a real card owner claims they never made such a payment or dissatisfied with product. We will present all the relevant information on the details link of the transaction appearing in your account. The chargeback if any will be deducted from your account.
Most of the payment methods we're deploying will not have a chargeback risk. For credit cards transactions, unfortunately such risks exist.
SlideME has partnered with Retail Decisions, a world leader in credit card fraud prevention, in order to combat fraud and further reduce chargebacks. More information about ReD is available at http://www.redplc.com
For rates and chargeback fees, refer to: http://slideme.org/rate-schedule
We gave this matter serious thought. With so many countries having their own sales, value added, state and consumer taxes, and being in a competitive landscape, we suggest it is best to set a final selling price for your applications globally and have sales taxes deducted where applicable.
$10 including sales taxes set as final price, selling in x EU country (e.g 17.5% VAT) equates to your actual selling price excluding VAT as $8.51 (formula: $10/1.175)
This sales tax is not related to any income tax or possible withholds from the US tax office.
An important part of our offering, is that we handle the sales tax issues on behalf of you (the developer) and there will be no further sales tax declarations required from your side in the US & EU, since we handle the submissions including WA state sales tax & VAT in all EU member states.
Sales Tax Rates
21.00% Czech Republic
20.00% United Kingdom
9.50% WA, USA
Yes, you may upload more than one application! Ensure each application has its own unique package name, as set in the AndroidManifest.xml.
Note that if you do insist on uploading multiple applications at once, avoid submitting more than half a dozen over a short period of time. Though your applications will eventually be reviewed, multiple submissions in excess will receive a lower priority review status and may not be reviewed within the normal timeframe or for extended periods of time.
Remember that you can always tag your applications with keywords to make them easier to search for. A search function is available on the SlideME site and also on SAM, our mobile client application.
Uploads are limited at 100MB, including application promotion assets, apk and other files and data. However, the current limit for the apk filesize is 99MB.
You can upload an extension file (also known as opaque binary blob, or obb file) to be used in your application.
If you have created an account on SlideME as a normal user, but wish to upload applications as a developer, do not attempt to register a new account. Instead, you can convert your user account to a developer account.
Click "My Profile" on the right-hand "My Actions" menu of the website. Then, at the top of the page click "Edit". Scroll down until you see a section such as the one below that will allow you to convert your account:
Are you an Android applications developer? Click here to setup your developer account!"