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Google squeezing Android devs to drop non-Wallet payments

updated 08:00 pm EST, Thu March 8, 2012

Google may pull apps not using Wallet payments

Google is reportedly taking an Apple-like approach and pushing Android developers to use only its own payment system, multiple sources contended Thursday. Developers have told Reuters they were warned that, to stay on the Google Play Store (Android Market), they had no choice but to use Google Wallet for paid apps. Their titles would be pulled if they kept using PayPal or alternatives.

The practice began as far back as August. Google gave one unnamed developer just 30 days to make the change and stay in the store. Other developers, such as Papaya and Zipline Games, have been more forthcoming in confirming the shift to Google Wallet for any in-app purchases.

The move for many will have significantly raised the amount companies have to set aside for the payment provider, giving Google a 30 percent cut. In some cases, developers had chosen alternate systems to save money.

Google hasn't commented, but its approach may reflect an acknowledgement that its previous, unrestricted approach was backfiring. Letting any payment system into its official store was creating an inconsistent approach that was discouraging users. Android is still well-known for a heavy bias towards free apps that may have reflected the long-term effects of the strategy. Apple may have succeeded partly because it insisted on iTunes from the start, making it easy and consistent to pay for apps, Bionic Panda Games' Charles Hudson told reporters.

It would nonetheless contradict Google's own public image. The search firm often stresses the openness of Android and has used criticism of Apple's iTunes-only in-app rules as a foil for its own platform. Its regular in-app system would now be as closed as Apple's, albeit with the trade-off of a better experience. Having consistent payments may be most helpful with the new Play initiative by giving the same payment method for not just apps but books, movies, and music.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. cashxx

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

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    +20

    What??

    That doesn't sound very open.........sound a little proprietary!

  1. aardman

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    Joined: Nov 2009

    +27

    Well, actually . . .

    "It would nonetheless contradict Google's own public image."

    Well, actually it would in fact reinforce Google's new public image: Hypocrisy.

  1. Paul Huang

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 1999

    +12

    Slaughter the copy cat and...

    joint your favorite fruit company.

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    +9

    Google Play Store

    Sounds like a haven for 12-year-olds to buy boobie apps and games. Lots of bright colors and soft surfaces, I'll bet.

    That renaming tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about the audience they are going for. Like when Sci-Fi changed their name to Syfy.

  1. global.philosopher

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    Joined: Sep 2010

    +13

    Don't even have to read the article

    Is anyone even surprised that Google will slowly constrict their openness. This is EXACTLY what MS did in the 90,s and made them one of the most hated companies in the tech industry.
    If that's what they want to do then fine.....just don't go around saying our s**t doesn't stink.....no one is buying it!
    No one but the Android and Google fanboys that is!

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    Re: Don't even have to read the article

    Is anyone even surprised that Google will slowly constrict their openness. This is EXACTLY what MS did in the 90,s and made them one of the most hated companies in the tech industry.

    And its exactly what Apple did in the 2010's with the iOS app store! Oh, wait, that's OK though, because we like that walled garden.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: What??

    That doesn't sound very open.........sound a little proprietary!

    It's only for apps sold in the marketplace. You can still just sell your apps wherever and use whatever method of payment (including goats and chickens, if you prefer) you want for purchases.

    But, then, people seem to think that since Android is 'open' as an OS, everything that Google does with Android has to be just as open.

    And yet, you all crow on Apple being all about 'open' with MP4 video or HTML5 or what-not, but disregard all that's closed about the iphone.

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