In the first week of July, Google found itself in the middle of an antitrust lawsuit for the Play Store brought by 37 attorneys general, representing all 36 US states. This was sparked by the Payment Policy of last September. , which requires some developers to update their applications to comply with Google Play’s billing system for certain types of transactions. The lawsuit makes Google’s decision to have a 30 percent cut on all digital goods and services sold through the platform, which was ultimately reduced to 15 percent for the first $ 1 million in revenue earned each year for customers. developers.
As of September 30, 2021, some apps that were not within the scope of the requirement will be required to comply with Google’s policy change. There wasn’t much clarity on which apps will be affected by the latest Payment Policy, but most streaming services, music and video apps will be affected by the IAP (in-app purchase) payment system.
After the backlash, Google has quietly extended the time frame by 6 months, citing the effects of the pandemic as the reason for the extension. In a blog post, it has been said that the current situation has made it difficult for developers to make the “policy related technical updates” and seeing that the company has made this arrangement.
It is clear that the lawsuit has a role to play in deciding the back foot, and now the developers can request an extension, starting July 22, 2021. This can be done through the Help Center, which then extends the deadline until March 31, 2022 to comply with the policy.
Once the policy goes into effect, apps can be updated to Play Billing Library version 3.0 or the latest 4.0. Either way, developers using an alternative billing system may need to make the desired change if their particular applications fall into the requirement group.