The Google Play Store is the recommended place to install applications on Android, but there was never any lack of alternatives to this application store. Still, Google promises to make more of those alternatives next year.
With the introduction of Android 12, Google says that using external app stores will be even simpler. A news that contrasts with the new rules imposed by the company with regard to payments made within the applications present in the Play Store.
However, the American company has not yet explained how it will facilitate the use of stores competing with the Play Store. These details are expected to be revealed in the future, but the idea is that they will not compromise the security measures that Google has implemented on Android.
Google will force the use of its Play Store payment system
As I mentioned above, the aforementioned facilitation measure contrasts with the more restrictive measures that Google will impose for payments made within applications. This is another clear approximation to the rules used by Apple in its own application store.
Therefore, as of September 30, 2021, everyone who sells digital products will be required to use the Play Store payment system. A measure that aims to prevent programmers from escaping the 30% charged by Google on these transactions.
However, developers can circumvent this imposition by distributing their applications through other stores. Incidentally, this was even mentioned by Google in its statement.
The American company used the example of Epic Games so someone who doesn’t agree with its rules can continue to distribute its products on Android. This is because Fortnite remains available on the Galaxy Store or through the official Epic Games website.
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