Sameer Samat, writing for Google’s Android Developers Blog:
Building on our recent launch allowing an additional billing
system alongside Play’s billing for users in South Korea and
in line with our principles, we are announcing we will be
exploring user choice billing in other select countries. This
pilot will allow a small number of participating developers to
offer an additional billing option next to Google Play’s billing
system and is designed to help us explore ways to offer this
choice to users, while maintaining our ability to invest in the
We’ll be partnering with developers to explore different
implementations of user-choice billing, starting with
From Spotify’s own announcement:
Spotify has been publicly advocating for platform fairness and
expanded payment options, among other things, because fair and
open platforms enable better consumer experiences and allow
developers to grow and thrive — when this happens everyone wins.
Gee, I wonder which platforms — there are so many that Spotify really cares about — they consider unfair.
Sarah Perez, reporting for TechCrunch on the deal:
Reached for comment, Spotify declined to say what sort of
commission it would be paying Google as a part of this pilot test,
noting that the agreement was confidential. But a company
spokesperson suggested that the commercial terms met Spotify’s
“standards of fairness.”
Google also declined to detail the commission structure involved.
However, it noted that user choice billing, such as is the case in
South Korea, will still involve a service fee regardless of which
billing system the user chooses.
★ Wednesday, 23 March 2022