Ars Technica reports that Amazon first responded to this policy by nixing audiobook purchases in the Audible app for Android on April 1. Now the company has also removed the ability to buy ebooks from the Kindle app, and has halted sales made via the Amazon Music app, too.
Amazon has eliminated purchases from the Kindle app for Android devices in order to comply with a new Google Play Store regulation requiring developers to use Google’s billing system. Previously, Google permitted certain developers, notably Amazon, to utilise their own payment processes in their Android applications instead of depending on Google Pay. However, because Google is becoming more stringent in enforcing this regulation, Amazon has chosen to discontinue all orders.
How to Manage Your Amazon Kindle Devices and Content. Dutch Class-Action Seeks Almost $5.6B From Apple for App Store Overcharges. Both companies still offer digital content sales via their mobile websites, and Ars Technica reports that Amazon continues to sell physical books via its primary Android app, too.
Amazon isn’t the only company making these changes. Barnes & Noble announced in April that it would no longer be able to sell ebooks, audiobooks, or anything else via the Nook app for Android devices. (Including the company’s Nook HD 10” Designed with Lenovo tablet.) How to Manage Your Amazon Kindle Devices and Content Image.