Google said it was running a pilot project to allow a “small number of participating developers” to offer an additional payment option alongside Google Play’s payment system. Spotify was touted as one of those initial developers that are part of the pilot.
“This pilot project will help us better understand if and how user-choice billing works for users in different countries and for developers of different sizes and categories,” Google said in a statement. blog post.
According to Spotify, the pilot project between the two companies represents a “first-of-its-kind payment choice option” and is part of a “multi-year agreement”.
Users who have downloaded Spotify from the Google Play Store will have the choice of paying with Spotify’s payment system or with Google Play Billing, with both payment options to live “side by side” in the app, Spotify Explain.
“Over the next few months, Spotify will work with Google’s product and engineering teams to create this new experience, and we’ll roll it out to countries around the world. Working together, the companies will test and learn, jointly exploring the product innovations on Android We plan to launch the first iteration of User Choice Billing later this year,” Spotify said.
In announcing the pilot, neither company specified how the pilot would affect Google’s commission fees.
Google’s vice president of product management Sameer Samat said the changes build on its decision to allow additional payment systems in South Korea, which was made in response to new southern legislation. -Korean.
Apple and Google have come under increasing scrutiny around the world for their App Store payment systems, with regulators saying the two companies’ systems have hindered competition in the App Store and the Internet. space of mobile operating systems. Earlier this week Apple was reportedly fined €5 million by Dutch regulators for the ninth time due to its repeated failure to update app stores’ anti-competitive policies against dating apps. The weekly fine order issued by Dutch regulators is capped at a maximum amount of €50 million, so the iPhone maker can only be fined for one more week, at unless the regulator issues a new order.
Epic Games, meanwhile, continues to be in dispute with the two companies over their App Store practices. It has been more than two years since the lawsuits began. For these lawsuits, the game developer accused the two tech giants of carrying out anti-competitive and monopolistic practices due to their commission structure for app developers.
Apart from changes to the App Store, Google has also Play Canned Movies & TV this week, with both set to move to the Google TV app in May.