Google outlines new changes to its developer policies and promises to make it easier to use third-party app stores on Android 12. This announcement addresses recent concerns about Android application development, including the fight over alternative application payment methods and the difficulties for businesses moving online. Due to COVID-19.
Android users can already install apps through third-party stores like Samsung’s Galaxy Store. In response to the developer’s comment, Google says it will add features to next year’s Android 12 release, which will “make it even easier for people to use other app stores on their devices while being careful not to compromise on the security measures that Android has.” It will release more details about these changes in the future.
Google, by contrast, is not loosening its grip on app charges for Play Store apps. The company says that “all developers who sell digital products in their applications must use the Google Play billing system”, and this changes its language Fee policy To clarify it. Any application that does not already use the system for digital products must be added by September 30, 2021.
This is a sticky point for epic games, its title Fortnight Was Kicked the Play Store After Epic added support for an alternative billing system in August. Fortnight Currently only available through third-party stores and the epic website, and Google does not seem to be backing down – it specifically mentions Fortnight “Even if the developer and Google do not agree to the terms of the business, the developer can still distribute on the Android operating system.”
There is something particularly complex in the in-app purchasing segment: businesses that began to allow users to sell “virtual” versions of their normal non-digital offerings during corona virus infections. These companies include Airbnb and ClassPass Have complained about You will be asked to pay a new service fee on iOS.
Apple is Began to discount these fees In some cases, Google claims that these businesses will no longer need to use Google Play Billing for Android. “The global epidemic is that we realize that many businesses need to be driven by the challenges of moving their physical business to digital and engaging audiences in a new way, for example, moving live experiences and classes online,” it says. “For the next 12 months, these businesses are not required to comply with our payment policy. We will re-evaluate the situation next year.”