I have a question -
Is that legal & comply with all Google Play Store Policies to publish 2 similar content apps -
Same contents ( but with Ads ) Free
Same contents ( but without Ads ) Paid
Note - I just chat with the Google executive about this but he didn’t provide me solution, he just asked me to try and found on review stage that your app is approved or not. I also read the policy of Google Play Store there is a clause for app imitation, but that clause doesn’t say you can’t copy your own app contents.
Why don’t you try both in the same app? If user purchase (use gsheet to store the user id and expiry date). On every time app initialize if the logged in user matches with stored date, find the difference between stored date and current online date… if the difference is zero , and user id is not found in the gsheet just anbe the ads component, else just hide it.
Yes you can do that without any hesitation. You can publish 2 apps with same content
One app with ads
And second one without ads.
Don’t worry about any policy violation it doesn’t violated any policy I saw many apps like this.
If the developer account is same so google allow it to publish same app with same functionality but if another developer account published same app than it violate the policy.
So Publish both apps with your same Console account and yes do some changes in paid app (like some ui changes only some as user pay you so it gives a difference to google also)