Kindle users can’t use the e-reader’s Android app to rent or buy books or pay for Kindle Unlimited subscriptions, according to an email being sent out to the company’s customers today. Instead, people will have to pay for content on a web browser and then access the books through their app’s digital library.
Amazon confirmed the customer notification to CNET. The company says in the email the change is necessary “to remain in compliance with updated Google Play Store policies.”
Google clarified in 2020 that apps must use the Google Play billing system to charge for “in-app features and services,” which include digital content in addition to subscription services, upgraded versions of a free app and cloud services like data storage. The billing system isn’t used for the sale of physical objects like groceries and clothes in apps, or for peer-to-peer payments or purchases made in gambling apps.
Google takes a 15% cut of transactions on its Play Store billing system. The fee wasin January.
The deadline for complying with the policy is June 1, at which point Google says it will remove non-compliant apps the Google Play store. Amazon has already implemented the change in version 8.58 of the Kindle app for Android, with the app displaying a notification that in-app purchases and rentals aren’t available.
iPhone users are already familiar with this arrangement, as Applein their iOS apps that enabled people to make purchases in 2011, even if the links redirected to a website.
Source from www.cnet.com