Despite the freemium model has brought free use of applications At the cost of suffering the ads (and giving enough data), there is another concept that is increasingly in vogue: subscription. Because it is increasingly rare to acquire a property product, even if it is an application or game; no matter how much they exist lifetime or lifetime subscriptions, like the one offered by Cerberus. In the past.
All of us who have been using Android smartphones for a few years know about Cerberus, an anti-theft service that implemented invisible security systems on mobile phones when Google did not even consider offering a mobile location service. Over time Cerberus was losing steam, precisely due to improvements in Android security, such as the Find my device service. Getting the app banned from Google Play didn’t help either.
Despite the difficulties, Cerberus developers continue to offer their services to anyone who wants to install their Apk. Of course, always under subscription: from 5 euros per device and month with a free week. And with a downside for those who had a lifetime license: Cerberus has revoked it.
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For life only 8 years
As Android Police has uncovered, the owners of a Cerberus lifetime license are finding an email from the company that warns of the expiration of said license. This fact, which collides head-on with what anyone would consider as “lifetime”, is a unilateral and irrevocable decision: Despite complaints, Cerberus developers are canceling all lifetime accounts urging to purchase a new subscription to continue using the anti-theft service.
As has been recorded in the Cerberus forum, users who purchased one of the lifetime licenses are showing their dissatisfaction with the company’s decision to cancel them. Y it’s not the first time since, diving in the same forum, in September of this year there was already a wave of cancellations. The curious thing is the reason given by Cerberus for the cancellation, as confirmed by a user who contacted the company.
According to the email collected by Android Police:
Sorry, when you purchased your license the expiration date was set after 8 years.
Frankly, we didn’t think Cerberus would last that long! However, thanks to the support of our users, we can now offer not only the most complete application to recover a lost or stolen Android (anti-theft), but also applications to keep you and your loved ones safe (Cerberus Persona and Cerberus Kids). And at a fraction of the price our competitors charge.
Apart from offering a location system, Cerberus lets you track down a stolen phone and spy on what is done with it. It even offers a tracking system for children, a feature that can violate the law if installed on an adult phone without prior consent. The developers allude to these functionalities to justify the decision to cancel the lifetime licenses, a decision that it can lead to legal problems if users decide to go against the company.
In Android we have an integrated phone location service that solves many of the options that Cerberus covers: Find my device. In addition, brands such as Huawei and Samsung offer their own security systems, so ** anyone can see where their phone is from a distance and lock it **, also another mobile that has the account registered on the device.
Via | Android Police