Android app developers can sign up for User Choice Billing on the Google Play Store

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Google has launched a new pilot that will allow Android app developers to accept payments using their own billing systems. Developers around the world can now sign up for the program called “User Choice Billing” and it would give customers the choice of being billed through Google Play or through the app’s preferred system. Spotify was the first partner announced for User Choice Billing.

The program allows developers of non-gaming Android apps to sign up to offer an alternative billing method, so they don’t always have to use Google Play billing. The alternate billing method must comply with PCI-DSS payment information security standards, customer support must be available for that billing method, and they must notify Google of any changes to app registration settings.

If customers choose to use the alternative payment method, the developers still have to pay service fees, which are reduced by 4% if the alternative payment method is chosen. Google justifies that the fees it charges are necessary to support “continued investments in Android and Google Play.”

The pilot will be tested in Australia, India, Indonesia, Japan and the EAA, which includes Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland and Ireland includes , Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

Android app developers can sign up for User Choice Billing on the Google Play Store

User Choice Billing was introduced after both Apple and Google were accused of anti-competitive behavior regarding App Store collection fees. The South Korean government has enacted new laws that require Apple and Google to offer alternative payment systems.

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