Google expanded its “User Choice Billing” trial to let more non-gaming Android app developers offer third-party payment options.
Google expands Play Store to lower developer service fees by 4 percent when consumers choose a new third-party billing option, which the developer, not Google, must support in customer difficulties. 9to5Google broke the news.
Developers from the EEA, India, Japan, Indonesia, and Australia can join User Choice Billing as of September 1.
Google says 99 percent of developers using Play Store billing qualify for the 15 percent service fee rate, but revenue-generating Spotify pay Google 30 percent on each in-app purchase.
After being required to offer alternative in-app payments in South Korea, Google started the User Choice Billing test in March with Spotify as its first partner.
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Google and Apple have garnered global criticism for the fees they take from digital store transactions, which locked developers out of third-party in-app payment systems.
When the initiative will spread to game creators or US-based developers is unknown. Google said the test details will change as they learn more and get feedback