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Description for monthly vs. annual subscription

Hello, I am currently making a test app for Amazon's In-App Purchasing SDK for Android. Specifically, I am working on FireTV. I created a (currently unpublished) App on my Developer account and added a subscription with both an annual and a monthly option. Here is the exported JSON: { "monthly": { "smallIconUrl": "http://", "subscriptionParent": "inapppurchasingtestabo", "price": 1.08, "title": "Subscription", "itemType": "SUBSCRIPTION", "description": "This is the subscription!", "languageTitleMap": { "DE": "Abo", "US": "Subscription" }, "languageDescriptionMap": { "DE": "Das ist das Abo!", "US": "This is the subscription!" }, "currencyPriceMap": { "US": 0.0 } }, "annually": { "smallIconUrl": "http://", "subscriptionParent": "inapppurchasingtestabo", "price": 10.75, "title": "Subscription", "itemType": "SUBSCRIPTION", "description": "This is the subscription!", "languageTitleMap": { "DE": "Abo", "US": "Subscription" }, "languageDescriptionMap": { "DE": "Das ist das Abo!", "US": "This is the subscription!" }, "currencyPriceMap": { "US": 0.0 } } } And here is a screenshot after launching the app on FireTV (App Tester is installed and the JSON is copied to /mnt/sdcard/): https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzAosZPTYulxRVlJZUhQQVdoNkk/view?usp=sharing Now, my question is: Why is there indication which price is for the monthly and which is for the annual subscription? Do I need to add anything more to the JSON? If so, where in the App Store is the place to enter that information - assuming I don't have to edit the JSON after downloading it. Thank you very much for any help! David
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Since this question does have a few views, but no answers, here is the reply I received from Amazaon Developer Support: """ The description is for the subscription as a whole, and the various options are simply different payment options for the user. If there are two different feature sets with different subscription periods, you should create two separate subscriptions for your app and have that reflect in the description. The Fire TV will show the duration at the top of the purchase prompt when buying an IAP subscription. """ The main point being that "Fire TV will show the duration at the top of the purchase prompt when buying an IAP subscription" - I don't know when it [i]will do[/i] that because it does not do it now. Here are two more screenshots taken from a Fire Tablet which has the same problem: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzAosZPTYulxQ254aW5xT0RrSlU/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzAosZPTYulxRzNXYnd2YmFSaU0/view?usp=sharing As you see, I even selected first one and then the other price option and still there is no indication of the duration of the subscription for that price. Any further help is appreciated - I find it hard to believe that I am the only one having this problem...
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Hi, I'll look into it. It may simply be a bug with how the App Tester works, because I've never seen this occur in a Live App Test or a live app. Therefore, I'd suggest using Live App Testing to see if this still appears there. If it does, let me know and I'll escalate it. There is also usually more information in that box, including image, description, etc. Thanks, Nick
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Hi Nick, thank you for your reply! Someone on Stack Overflow also suggested I just use Live App Testing - and, yes, indeed, not only do I now see the duration information associated with each price - it is a [b]completely different dialog with a totally different layout![/b]. I think this should be explained prominently in the documentation of the App Tester App - I don't think it is obvious at all. Thanks again for your help! David
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See here for a screenshot of the exact same app with the exact same In-App Purchase item as above looks in Live App Testing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzAosZPTYulxMjdvQ0Z5NzZtSmM/view?usp=sharing
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Thanks for the report! -Nick
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