What's the news: "Following the CCI's recent ruling, we are pausing enforcement of the requirement for developers to use Google Play's billing system for the purchase of digital goods and services for transactions by users in India while we review our legal options and ensure we can continue to invest in Android and Play," Google's updated Play Console Help page states. Caveat: Interestingly and notably, Google has stated that it is not enforcing the requirement "for transactions by users in India," which means that Indian developers are required to implement the Google Play Billing system for their users abroad. "The requirement to use Google Play's billing system applies for in-app digital content purchases for users outside of India," the same page clarifies. What is the Google Play Billing policy: Google in September 2020 announced that the use of the in-app billing system is mandatory for all apps. The company called this policy update a "clarification" of what was already expected from developers rather than a new policy. In India, startups immediately rebuked the policy and filed a complaint with the competition regulator, which eventually launched an investigation in November 2020. Due to this pressure, Google shifted the deadline for compliance in India multiple times. The latest deadline was the end of October 2022. Why does this matter: The mandatory use of Google's in-app billing systems is one of the most controversial Play Store policies because it requires developers to pay Google a commission between 1o-30 percent of all digital sales made through the app. With the…
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