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Google to Enforce 30% Cut on In-App Purchases from Next Year

Google has announced that starting from September 30, 2021, it will strictly take the 30% cut from every in-app purchases done via the Play Store. The company previously charged the same for these transactions but was not strictly following the policy. According to the company, about 97% of the apps in the Play Store already use the store’s system for in-app purchases and are compliant with the policies.

Some exceptions are big companies like Netflix and Spotify who use their systems to charge for the subscriptions. In this way, they could circumvent the 30% cut that they are supposed to pay Google. The issues regarding the commission taken by Google and Apple came to light when Epic Games refused to pay the sum and wanted to provide services from the Epic Store. Thus Fortnite was kicked off from the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

In contrast to Apple’s strict policy of no third-party stores, it’s fairly easy to sideload third-party stores like Samsung’s Galaxy Store and Huawei’s AppGallery on Android devices. In addition, there are other websites like APKPure or APKMirror who provide all kinds of apps for users to sideload on their devices. Starting with Android 12, Google is making it easier for users to access third-party stores on Android. Many think this gesture would motivate app developers to share the revenue with Google without protests.

Do you side-load apps from third-party sites? Let us know in the comments below.


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