EU antitrust regulators question developers on Google app payments
EU antitrust inspectors questioned app developers on the impact of Google's Play Store policies. Earlier this year, the tech giant threatened to ban apps that use alternative payment methods instead of its proprietary system. Two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that EU antitrust inspe... Read more
Google offers alternative payment options for Android apps in EU
Google is allowing European app store developers to offer alternative payment options for end users. As a result, Google's own payment system is no longer mandatory. The tech giant says it's anticipating for upcoming laws and regulations.
European Android developers can now choose alternative in... Read more
Google and Apple want to remove apps older than 2 years from stores
Google and Apple recently announced plans to remove old applications from their respective app marketplaces. Both businesses agreed to delete any apps that had not been updated in two years last month.
In early April, Google revealed a two-year cutoff plan that would take effect in November, whi... Read more
Google under fire over payment options in Play Store
Match Group, the parent company of dating app Tinder, has filed a complaint with the Dutch antitrust authority (ACM) about Google. Allegedly, the tech giant is abusing its power by refusing alternative payment methods for Play Store apps.
Match Group says that the Dutch version of the Google Pla... Read more
Google bans apps with hidden data-harvesting code from the Play Store
Google has removed hundreds of applications from its Google Play store after discovering that they have a software component that collects data covertly.
Measurement Systems S. de R.L., the Panamanian business that produced the malware, is connected to a Virginia defense contractor that offers c... Read more
Google’s in-app billing enforcement is delayed due to US lawsuits
Google has been sued by dozens of state attorney generals over Play Store policies. The app store, run by Google, is now delaying the enforcement of one of its most significant recent changes, a requirement that all Play Store apps have to use Google’s in-app billing or get banned.
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Google lowers Play Store commission for small developers
Google has announced that small developers will have to pay less commission in the Play Store. Developers with a revenue of up to 1 million dollars will only have to pay 15 per cent of their sales to Google. That is half of the 30 per cent that Google normally asks.
With this reduction, Google i... Read more
Google squeezes App publishers for a cut of their sales
Google is going to enforce their policy for in-app purchases. Many app publishers are circumventing the Google payment solution. The policy states that 30% of app purchases through their Play Store must go to the tech giant.
Google's parent company, is cracking down on app publishers who have be... Read more
Google is banning Stalkerware apps in the Play Store with exceptions
Google is now banning ‘stalkerware' apps from the Play Store starting October 1st. However, the apps can still be offered if specified for use in tasks like tracking children or for enterprise use in some specific conditions.
Stalkerware apps give third parties the ability to track a user’s ... Read more
Researchers find malware in Play Store with million users
Cyberfirm Check Point has alerted Google after researchers found 56 apps on the Play Store that contained malware. Altogether, the apps would have been downloaded almost a million times.
The malware family, named Tekya, would be used to imitate clicking on advertisements. Ads from, among others,... Read more