Amazon Kindle e-book purchases are the subsequent sufferer of Google Play billing

enlarge Amazon’s new buy clarification and ‘extra info’ hyperlink.

Following on from the sooner transfer to take away Audible audiobook purchases from the Play Retailer app, Amazon can also be disabling Kindle digital e-book purchases on Android. The crackdown on Google Play purchases is, after all, in charge. Beginning June 1, Google would require all Play Retailer apps to make use of Google Play billing for digital purchases or removing from the market. Google Play billing has technically been within the guidelines for some time, however Google is ending a hands-off enforcement coverage that allowed companies to make use of their very own billing programs.

If you go to the Amazon app, you’ll be able to nonetheless purchase bodily books, however digital purchases now present a “Why cannot I purchase within the app?” hyperlink as an alternative of a purchase button. Amazon’s hyperlink reveals a popup that claims “To adjust to Google Play Retailer insurance policies, you’ll be able to now not buy new content material from the app. You possibly can create a studying listing within the app and proceed buying [the] Amazon web site out of your browser.”

Amazon Music purchases have additionally been discontinued within the Google Play app. The transfer aligns Amazon’s Google Play app with the iOS app, which additionally would not permit digital purchases. On Android, Amazon pushes customers to the web site, the place they’ll nonetheless buy digital content material or join a limiteless subscription, avoiding the Play Retailer buy lock.

Google Play billing takes a share of in-app purchases (normally 30 p.c, though media may be as little as 10 p.c), and several other main firms have responded to the rule change by eradicating purchases from their Android apps. Epic Video games is taking Google again to courtroom over the matter, whereas Barnes & Noble ended up disabling digital purchases by itself Android {hardware}. Firms that don’t use Google Play for in-app purchases will now not be allowed to subject app updates since March 31, and on June 1, apps that use unapproved billing might be faraway from the Play Retailer.

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