Google has announced a new anti-piracy service designed to help protect  Android applications. The licensing system will allow apps to communicate directly with an Android Market server to determine if the handset is running with an authorized license or pirated copy.

The licensing service will operate in real time across the network, enabling status information to be quickly sent to developers. The company plans on replacing the current copy-protection scheme over the next few months.

The anti-piracy system is now available for apps designed for Android 1.6 or higher.

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