Alternative billing systems
Google Alphabet Inc. said it will add the ability for developers to offer alternative billing systems to its Android app store in South Korea in line with the country’s recently passed law.
South Korea’s new law
In late summer, the South Korean National Assembly passed a new law, commonly referred to as the anti-Google law that requires mobile app store operators to open their platforms to external payment processors and give users a choice of payment method.
We are talking about long-established payments for the platform, which Google and its closest competitor Apple Inc. charge on every payment in the app, usually a 30% fee, which they justify based on security for users and widespread adoption for developers.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we will share implementation details with developers, including instructions for submitting security and customer service reviews, and a set of user experience guidelines to enable them to make an informed choice,” Google said in a statement.