Following pressure from international regulators, Google is testing new payment methods for Android users

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Google said on Friday that his 99% of developers currently pay 15% or less. Other requirements include that the billing system must be offered exclusively within the app, must comply with credit card industry data security standards, and provide customer support, dispute resolution, and measures to combat fraudulent transactions. increase. Apps that offer alternative payment options will be able to bring it in on the first of the month following the change.

After pressure from regulators around the world to open alternative payment systems, Google has quietly launched an app pilot to bring new payment options to Android devices in Australia, Europe, India, Indonesia and Japan. On Friday, Google opened registrations for non-gaming app developers to test their payment options of choice in five locations. There are caveats such as Google lowering transaction service fees by 4%. This will reduce the 15-30% commission that many developers currently pay through his Play payment system.

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  • Apple does not offer alternative in-app payment options but did loosen its policy on alternative payment options last year by allowing developers to email users about ways of paying outside the app. In April last year, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission argued the two companies` take was too high and developers should be allowed to advertise alternative payment options within their apps on Google and Apple platforms. “ACCC supports all voluntary actions by digital platforms like Google to increase flexibility in how app developers serve Australian consumers.

  • “Android has always been a uniquely open operating system and we continue to evolve our platform and increase the choices available to developers and users while maintaining our ability to invest in the ecosystem,” a Google spokesperson said. “We will be sharing more in the coming months as we continue to build and iterate with our pilot partners.” The move has come following pressure in Australia and Europe in particular over in-app payment systems and major lawsuits in Australia, Europe and the US brought against Apple and Google by Fortnite creator Epic Games – which was banned from Apple and Google app stores for offering an alternative payment option.

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The ACCC’s next interim report is part of a long-term study on digital platforms and will be submitted to the government at the end of September. Last year, the EU’s competition commissioner accused Apple of violating EU law with its in-app transaction fees. The service is already available in South Korea, where Apple and Google were required by law to offer alternative payment methods in their apps l

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