Google has extended the timeline for apps on alternative payment systems to fulfil its play billing system to March 31, 2022. As per a blog written by Google, the conglomerate deferred the implementation of 30% commission on in-app purchases of digital goods from its Play Store in India to April 2022 on the back of mounting protests by Indian developers.
Let’s have a look at what Google India said
Google India said that listening carefully to developer and user feedback was important as to how they continue to make Android better with release and also improve the performance of Play Store. First and foremost, we want to reiterate that we are deeply committed to the success of the Indian ecosystem — we do not succeed unless our partners succeed. Being mindful of local needs and concerns, we’ve taken the following immediate steps:
We are setting up listening sessions with leading Indian startups to understand their concerns more deeply;
We will be setting up Policy Workshops to help clear any additional questions about our Play Store policies;
And we’re also extending the time for developers in India to integrate with the Play billing system, to confirm they have enough time to implement the UPI for subscription payment option that will be made available on Google Play — for all apps that currently use an alternative payment system we set a timeline of 31st March 2022.
In addition, we’d like to provide more clarity on the three recurring topics we’ve heard from the Indian community:
Whether this is a new policy and who it applies to;
The forms of payment the Google Play billing system supports;
Supporting choice of app stores on Android.