Google cambia en Play Store y ahora permite acceder a métodos de pago alternativos / Google changes in the Play Store and now allows access to alternative payment methods

Google ha anunciado que permitirá el uso de métodos de pago alternativos en Play Store, su tienda de aplicaciones, juegos, libros y películas.

Tendrá carácter de prueba en un principio y estará limitado a un número muy reducido de desarrolladores, empezando por Spotify.

Como explicó Mountain View, el programa piloto llamado Facturación a Elección del Usuario, permitirá al público elegir cómo pagar una compra desde la aplicación.

Por lo tanto, pueden elegir una pasarela de pagos que Google siempre ofrece o aprovechar una opción de terceros.

De esta manera, Play Store expandirá a otros países lo que ya está disponible en Corea.

Hay que recordar que el año pasado se aprobó la llamada ley AntiGoogle, que obligaba a la empresa (y a Apple) a ofrecer métodos de pago alternativos en sus tiendas de aplicaciones.

Lo que Google está proponiendo actualmente puede verse como un guiño a los reguladores, dada la creciente presión en diferentes partes del mundo. Sin embargo, los diversos detalles de pago seleccionados por el usuario aún no se han revelado; entre ellos, la fecha exacta del lanzamiento y los cambios relacionados con el pago de comisiones.

Los métodos de pago alternativos llegan a la Play Store

Como se mencionó anteriormente, aún se desconocen detalles sobre la incorporación de métodos de pago alternativos en Play Store. Si bien Google confirmó a TechCrunch que los desarrolladores seguirán pagando una comisión sin importar cuántas veces usen una pasarela de pago de terceros, no se mencionó ningún porcentaje específico.

Al igual que otras tiendas de aplicaciones y contenido digital, la participación de mercado de Mountain View podría llegar al 30%. Sin embargo, el año pasado, los californianos anunciaron que recibirían un recorte del 15% en las ventas de aplicaciones y suscripciones. Ahora habrá que ver cuánto más se reduce para la implementación de otras opciones de pago; en Corea del Sur, el descenso no superó el 4%, según el citado informe.

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Google changes in the Play Store and now allows access to alternative payment methods

The music service Spotify, would be one of the first users of Google

Google has announced that it will allow the use of alternative payment methods on the Play Store, its app store, games, books and movies.

It will be trial at first and limited to a very small number of developers, starting with Spotify.

As Mountain View explained, the pilot program called User Choice Billing, will allow the public to choose how to pay for an in-app purchase.

Therefore, they can choose a payment gateway that Google always offers or take advantage of a third-party option.

In this way, the Play Store will expand what is already available in Korea to other countries.

It should be remembered that last year the so-called anti-Google law was passed, which obliged the company (and Apple) to offer alternative payment methods in its app stores.

What Google is currently proposing can be seen as a nod to regulators, given the growing pressure in different parts of the world. However, the various payment details selected by the user have not yet been revealed; among them, the exact date of the launch and changes related to the payment of commissions.

Alternative payment methods arrive on the Play Store

As mentioned earlier, details about incorporating alternative payment methods into the Play Store are still unknown. While Google confirmed to TechCrunch that developers will continue to pay a commission no matter how many times they use a third-party payment gateway, no specific percentage was mentioned.

Like other app and digital content stores, Mountain View’s market share could reach 30%. Last year, however, Californians announced that they would receive a 15% cut in app and subscription sales. Now it will be necessary to see how much more it is reduced for the implementation of other payment options; in South Korea, the decline did not exceed 4%, according to the aforementioned report.

Bringing alternative payment methods to the Play Store will take a few months, Spotify explained. Streaming service engineers will work together with Google on the first phase of this pilot program. “We anticipate the launch of the first iteration of User Choice Billing later this year,” they said.

It remains to be seen whether Apple will take the lead and make the same decision for the future. While the people of Cupertino were ordered to allow third-party payment platforms on the App Store, nothing has changed.

It should be noted that the company allowed developers to report alternative methods, but did not apply them in their applications. Meanwhile, Paddle was still generating interest as a possible competitor to Apple’s system; according to its CEO, they have added more than 1,500 developers, while it has not yet started operations.

Why Google has chosen Spotify as its first ally

The inclusion of alternative payment methods in the Play Store is a move that many companies should have expected a long time ago, although perhaps none are as expressive about the subject as Spotify. In fact, the popular music and podcast streaming platform has also publicly negotiated with Apple about its policies around App Store.

According to Google, Spotify will allow users to buy their subscriptions and choose how to pay for them, either through the Play Store or the service’s own method. The idea is that this capacity will reach the 184 countries where Spotify Premium is available, although the process will be gradual.

“As one of the world’s largest subscription developers with a global footprint and integrations across a wide range of device form factors, they’re a first natural partner. Together, we will work to innovate how consumers make in-app purchases, deliver engaging experiences across multiple devices, and attract more consumers to the Android platform,” Google explained of the partnership with Spotify.

The streaming service also arouses hope with the emergence of alternative payment methods in the Play Store. “Spotify has publicly advocated for equity in platforms and expanded payment options, among other things, because fair and open platforms enable better experiences for consumers and enable developers to grow and thrive; when this happens, everyone wins,” they guarantee.