Mountain View, California-based giant Google is bringing a pilot to let a small number of developers offer a payment system within their apps in addition to Google’s own payment methods. The company said that Spotify will be the first company to test this new system and will use both its own and Google’s billing systems. Google said the pilot will help the company increase its understanding of whether and how user choice billing works for users in different countries.
Google, in its blog post, said it plans to share more information about the program in the coming months. “This pilot will help us to increase our understanding of whether and how user choice billing works for users in different countries and for developers of different sizes and categories,” the company said in a blog post. It says that feature builds on Google’s plans to allow additional billing systems in South Korea, the first country to pass a legislation to allow third-party payment systems.
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Spotify is calling its new collaboration with Google a multi-year agreement. It is not known as to how the agreement may affect Google’s fees it takes from purchases made in the Spotify app using the Play billing system.
This new system from Google comes after both Apple and Google have come under criticism for the fee that they charge to developers on in-app purchases. Spotify, the first company to test Google’s new pilot has been a vocal critic of Apple’s App Store Fee and has even filed an antitrust complaint against the Cupertino-based giant. Fortnite maker Epic Games was also in a year-long legal battle against Apple over the company’s tax on in-app purchases made on apps downloaded from the Apple App Store.
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