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EU Regulators Said to Quiz App Developers Over Payment on Google Play Store

EU antitrust regulators have requested app builders whether or not Alphabet unit Google’s risk to take away apps from its Play Store in the event that they use different fee choices as a substitute of its personal billing system has damage their enterprise, two individuals conversant in the matter instructed Reuters.

Critics say charges charged by Google and Apple at their cellular app shops are extreme and value builders collectively billions of {dollars} a yr, an indication of the 2 firms’ monopoly energy.

Questionnaires have been despatched to builders final month, the individuals mentioned.

Of the 16 questions within the doc, some lined the interval 2017-2021 and others 2019-2021. The European Commission declined to remark. Google didn’t reply to an emailed request for remark.

The US tech large has mentioned apps could be faraway from its app retailer beginning June this yr if builders don’t use its billing system.

Respondents have been requested whether or not Google’s coverage change this yr impacted the distribution of their items or providers on Google Play Store, which apps have been affected and if it affected their means to purchase customers on Android gadgets, the individuals mentioned.

Regulators needed to know if the change has compelled builders to drop different fee choices in favour of Google Billing and whether or not migrating customers to one other fee possibility affected the variety of pre-existing customers and the builders’ entry to knowledge.

Developers have been requested whether or not they believed they might supply a greater service or product if they’ve the choice of one other fee system.

The EU competitors enforcer additionally needed to know if Google allowed them to use another fee system, charged a service charge for this or complained in regards to the safety of their fee methodology.

App builders have been requested if US funds large Stripes, Dutch fee system Adyen and PayPal unit Braintree are seen as various fee programs.

Last month, Google mentioned non-gaming app builders can change to rival fee programs with a decrease charge of 12 p.c as a substitute of 15 p.c, with the transfer making use of to European customers, so as to adjust to EU guidelines that can come into pressure subsequent yr.

Politico first reported in regards to the Commission’s question.

© Thomson Reuters 2022