Google has announced the expansion of Play Store user billing alternatives test in the US and other markets. Eventually, the company mentioned that third-party apps can actively participate in this beta activity.
To those who are unaware, user choice billing enables Android app developers to use their own payment systems instead of Google’s. As a result, developers no more need Google’s in-built system to hold payment actions in their apps.
To be specific, users will have the choice to either use the Google Play Store’s in-app purchasing system or the developer’s payment system while buying in-app content (in supported countries).
The tech maker initiated the user choice billing beta tests in September. At that time, the company rolled out the pilot stage in Australia, EEA (European Economic Area), India, Indonesia, and Japan.
After the fruitful outcomes, Google Play Store has pushed off the user choice billing test in the US, Brazil, and South Africa. Alongside this, the latest expansion will make the user choice billing available in 35 regions worldwide.
Spotify – the first pilot tester
Further, Google informed that Spotify is the first third-party app that has begun billing alternative testing. Thereafter, the Bumble application also joined this recruitment process.
After the stable implementation, Android users will catch a new user interface on Spotify and other apps. This user interface will permit users to choose how they want to pay for monthly or other subscription packages.
On the other hand, developers who want to adopt the user choice billing system in their applications, need to follow some major guidelines of Google. As per these regulations, developers must show separate screens for the billing options.
Further, the billing screen must be visible before every purchase. Aside, developers must fulfill the below-given requirements:
- Your app must be a non-gaming mobile or tablet app
- The developer must be a registered business
- Implement trust and safety requirements, and user experience guidelines when available
- Only offer user choice billing to mobile and tablet users in announced pilot countries
- Comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) (if handling credit and debit card data)
To get more detailed information about these guidelines, click HERE.
According to Google’s words, this is just the beginning and the company will continue to expand the new billing alternative testing in more regions in the time ahead.
December 2022 Google Play System update brings new changes to digital driver’s license
It’s December 2022, and Google is rolling out a new Play System update with a huge changelog and interesting features. Besides, the company has also added some reflective optimizations to improve the overall user experience.
In addition, the December 2022 Google Play System update brings a new beta feature for the Google Wallet. Eventually, this change is something that will enrich smart car-related operations for consumers.
As per the latest info, the latest Google Wallet beta feature will allow users to access digital driver’s licenses. In other words, you can keep your ID or license card safely on your Android devices under the Wallet application.
The purpose of this feature is to offer a digital and more secure experience to users with their ID and other informative cards. As of now, the feature is only rolling to some selected states in the US. But we could find more regions attaining this feature in the time ahead.
Although the changelog doesn’t read much information on this subject for the moment. Yet, we will inform you of the latest reports as soon as Google will hint at something on this matter.
Aside from the unique element, Google has optimized the device connectivity scenario, added new features to the Play Store, and made the system management more convenient to operate. You can have a detailed look at these features, below.
December 2022 Google Play System update – Changelog
- [Auto, Phone, TV] Bug fixes for Account Management, Security, and Updatability-related services.
Device Connectivity: Phone
- Update Case-related settings
- Reduce delays in discovering contacts via Nearby Share
- Inform the user when casting to a Tablet device needing user interaction
Google Play Store
- New features to help you discover the Apps and Games you love
- Optimizations allow faster and more reliable download and installation
- Continuous improvements to Play Protect to keep your device safe
- Various performance optimizations, bug fixes, and improvements to security, stability, and accessibility
- Beta feature to allow users from selected US states to digitize their state ID/driver’s license into the Google Wallet for convenient, private, and secure presentation
- New developer features for Google and third-party app developers to support Location & Context related developer services in their apps
- Updates to system management services that improve device performance and stability.
To enjoy these new pinches on your Android phone, you must have the latest version of the Google Play services (v48.22) and Google Play Store (v33.2) on your device.
Google Play Store rules troubling Android users in US
Google Play Store has been causing some unlawful trouble for Android users in the US. As per the input revealings, the company is alleged by the California lawsuits of preserving forbidden Play Store rules and disobeying US anti-competition laws.
The story begins in July this year. The major authorities of 36 states sued the US tech maker. Accordingly, the authorities claimed that Google puts pressure on the developers for opting the Play Store practices irrespective of their convenience.
In addition, many app developers reported that Google forces them to use the Play Store in-app purchase system which cost 30% commission. Consequently, these steps keep Google far away from the market competition.
Thus, Google alleged for following illegal marketing concepts and creating trouble for Android users with Play Store rules. In the latest edition, the California lawsuits have proceeded with this matter as a consumer class action of 21 million individuals.
For your information, a class action is a type of regulation where a large number of people takes legal action against the same problem. Here, the class action consists of Android users of 12 US states including Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Eventually, this class action sought out damage of 4.7 billion USD. Meanwhile, California judge James Donato said in an order [PDF] that the company has halted the legal common practices for the tech makers in the market which leads to anti-competitive business.
Google denies the allegations
Significantly, Google kept its points in front of the lawmen and denied the allegations. The company said that they are working under legal rules and regulations without harming users’ concerns.
“We’re evaluating the ruling and after that, we’ll assess our options.”
It’s worth mentioning that Google has rolled out the user billing system to comfort developers worldwide. With this feature, developers can utilize their own in-app purchase system without making a share in the Play Store. However, the respective feature has still some time to come into effective usage.
Google Play Store 33.2.12 rolling with app crash prompt feature
Google Play Store 33.2.12 will greatly expand to smartphones, tablets, and other devices but you can download it right away from the link given below. However, people who want to wait will get it installed silently in the background.
This Play Store version also improves the overall performance of the system and provides a better user experience.
This week, Android has made a significant change in the Play Store and app ecosystem for smartphones and other platforms. For instance, if an app crashes, Play Store will prompt users to get the latest update for the app from Play Store. That’s a good improvement for Android phone owners and it’s rolling out with Play Store version 33.2. as mentioned above.
Android enthusiast, Mishal Rahman found relevant details in the Play Store Android code, including updating the app to fix crashes.
Such a message on app crash includes: “The app stopped working, but the latest update for the app may fix the issue. Install the update and then open the app again. If you want to update later, go to %1$s in Google Play.”
To be mentioned the latest changes in Play Store are released with the latest November 2022 Google Play System Update. There are other important optimizations and new features added to the app distribution platform.
These include better download and installation speed, optimizations for performance, bug fixes, and improvements to security, stability, and accessibility.
New formats for search results, update for game clusters views for Chromebooks, new kids menu on large screen Android devices, automatic updates over limited mobile data for Google Play apps for users who do not have regular WiFi access.
We suggest you look for the latest Play Store app software to get the new optimizations and app crash fix prompt feature.