Amidst Backlash, Google Defers Its Play Store Billing Policy For India By Seven Months

According to reports, several Indian app developers and startup founders were against Google’s Play billing system

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After facing backlash from Indian app developers and startup founders, Google has decided to extend its deadline for Indian app developers to comply with its play billing system to April 2022 from the original date of September 2021, as per a company blogpost.

The company said that they are ‘deeply committed to the success of the Indian ecosystem’ and  do not succeed unless their partners succeed. Google delayed the enforcement of its billing system to ensure Indian app developers have enough time to implement the UPI for subscription payment option that will be made available on Google Play — for all apps that are

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Google Will Enforce Its Billing System On All Play Store Apps Ensuring A 30% Cut On Sales

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Google will no longer allow app makers to circumvent the payment system built into the Google Play store, allowing it to take a 30% cut of all sales made through the platform in a similar vein to Apple’s App Store, even as the iPhone maker fights a court battle over its enforcement of a similar rule.

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In a blog post on Monday, Google clarified its policy on the issue noting that companies that offer their apps through the Google Play Store will have to use the platform holder’s billing system.

Google said that app makers will have until September 2021 to integrate its billing system on to their apps.

Google takes a 30% cut of all sales made through its own billing system, similar to Apple and its App Store.

App makers like Netflix

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Google removes 17 Android apps doing WAP billing fraud from the Play Store

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Google has removed this week 17 Android applications from the official Play Store. The 17 apps, spotted by security researchers from Zscaler, were infected with the Joker (aka Bread) malware.

“This spyware is designed to steal SMS messages, contact lists, and device information, along with silently signing up the victim for premium wireless application protocol (WAP) services,” Zscaler security researcher Viral Gandhi said this week.

The 17 malicious apps were uploaded on the Play Store this month and didn’t get a chance to gain a following, having been downloaded more than 120,000 times before being detected.

The names of the 17 apps were:

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Google Reportedly Plans to Update Play Store Guidelines to Emphasize Use of Its Billing System With 30% Fee

Google plans to introduce updated Play Store guidelines that emphasize the requirement for most apps to use the company’s billing system for in-app purchases as early as next week, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman.


While this requirement has existed for years, the report notes that some major developers like Netflix, Spotify, and Tinder have circumvented the rule by prompting customers to pay directly using a credit card, rather than their Play Store account, bypassing Google’s 30 percent commission for in-app purchases.

In a statement, Google said that it is always working with developers to clarify its Play Store policies, but it did not elaborate on any forthcoming changes:

As an open platform, Android allows multiple app stores. In fact, most Android devices come with at least two stores right out of the box, and users can install others. For developers who choose to distribute their apps on Google Play,

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