Google postpones Play Store billing mandate until March 2022 for Indian developers

Earlier this month, Google made some changes to its payment policy on the Play Store, making it clear that all new app submissions made after January 20 next year will need to implement the billing system. native to Google Play for payments through the app. And apps that currently rely on an alternative billing system must remove it by September 30, 2021. However, after hearing feedback from the Indian developer community, Google has decided to extend the deadline for its in-app payment mandate to the March 31, 2022. for Indian developers. What it means is Indian app developers now have until March 31, 2022 to implement Google Play billing system in their apps.

"We are also extending the deadline for integrating developers in India into the Play billing system, to ensure they have enough time to implement the UPI option for subscription payment which will be available on Google Play," for all apps that haven't launched yet, or are currently using an alternative payment system, we've set a timeline for March 31, 2022, ”the company said in a blog post.

In case it is not already clear, the deadline of March 31, 2021 for the implementation of the Play Store billing system applies to new app submissions as well as existing apps that are currently using a different system. of payment. In addition to extending the deadline, Google also revealed that it was will set up listening sessions with Indian startups to hear their concerns. Additionally, a policy workshop will also be launched to help resolve Play Store policy queries.

Google also clarified that Google Play billing is not a payment method. Rather, it is a billing system that accepts various forms of payment (over 290, according to Google) such as credit and debit cards, online banking, carrier billing, gift cards, and even locally developed options like UPI (Unified Payments Interface). The latter was created by the National Payments Corporation of India to facilitate instant transfer of funds via smartphones, and has already been integrated into Google's G Pay (or Google Pay) app as well as those of rivals such as Paytm. .

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