Google will require purchases in Android apps are made through its system
|Google intends to strengthen control over the implementation of the rules for paying for purchases in Android apps. Next week, updated instructions will be provided explaining the company's requirements for using its payment system when making subscriptions and making in-app purchases. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing its own knowledgeable sources. |
It is not surprising that Google decided to tighten the requirements, because purchases made through the company's payment system are subject to a Commission of 30 %. It is worth noting that the requirements to use the Google payment system have existed for many years, but major developers such as Netflix, Spotify or Epic Games circumvent this rule. Netflix and Spotify apps allow you to use credit cards to pay for purchases, and Epic Games added its own payment system to the Fortnite game, after which it was removed from the Play Store and Apple App Store.
The source notes that after updating the rules, Google will give developers some time to bring their applications in line with the new requirements. This means that apps that violate Google's rules will not be removed immediately, but this may happen later if developers still do not make changes to their products.
"As an open platform, Android allows you to use multiple app stores. In fact, most Android devices come with at least two stores right out of the box, and users can install others as well. For developers who choose to distribute their apps on the Play Store, our policy has always required the use of the Play payment system if the apps provide the ability to purchase digital goods. We always work with our partners to clarify these policies and ensure they are applied fairly and reasonably," a Google spokesperson commented.
It is worth noting that the Commission of 30% for purchases of digital content in games and apps brings Google and Apple billions of dollars annually, so it is not surprising that both companies monitor compliance with the established rules.
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