In 2020 Google announced that it would prompt all apps published in the Google Play Store to use its billing system but later decided to postpone this news to this month.
Well, the Mountain View giant will soon allow Android applications to continue using their payment system as long as users have at the same time the option to opt for billing on the Google Play Store and it will be Spotify the first partner of this important novelty, called “User Choice Billing“.
How payments in the Google Play Store will change
In announcing the partnership close with Spotify, the Google team specifies that this is a pilot project that will allow a small number of participating developers to offer an additional payment option in addition to the Google Play billing system and is designed to help Google explore the various possible ways to propose this choice to users .
In the future, users of Spotify’s Android application will see Google Play billing as an in-app option together with the existing payment system of the music streaming giant.
The Mountain View giant believes that Android users who rely on the Google Play Store to purchase the desired apps must be able to take advantage of the platform also for in-app payments or related subscriptions (they will be able to manage them by going to their own profile within the Play Store and then accessing the Payments and Subscriptions section and selecting the Subscriptions item).
The Spotify team was keen to clarify that it will be able to continue interacting freely with users regarding the Premium subscription, being able to apply discounts, launch promotions and offer users free the possibility of becoming Premium directly within the app.
Spotify and Google are currently working to put the new system into effect User Choice Billing and its availability for all users is planned for the second half of 2022. We’ll see.