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Thread: Free Android App Host

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    I was curious if anyone knew of any free hosts for android app data.
    My app would need:
    1. Access to a database to store user data and other information
    2. The ability to make webservice calls (basic php would be fine)
    3. The ability to run a scheduled background process or two

    I'm looking for something free, because I'm doing this as a hobby project and I have no idea how much money (if any) the app will generate.

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    You might consider, at the very least if you have not done so already, purchasing a domain name. This will allow you to deploy the app which points to this domain name, but gives you the flexibility to point the domain name to whatever service you use on the back-end. For hosts, you might consider checking out Google App engine and Amazon web services, I believe both offer free levels of service.

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    I've used an Amazon EC2 instance for a year (just started paying for it). They are complex to configure and I wouldn't recommend them unless scalability is an issue but they are free for the first year which is nice.

    Honestly, $80 for a years hosting and a domain name over at godaddy or crazydomains will pay for itself just in administration time. Everything you need is pre-configured; CPanel, PHP, MySQL, FTP, SSH and you can cron tasks.
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