Google announced that it will cut in half the controversial fees imposed on developers in its online store for digital content designed for mobile devices operating with the “Android” system.
The commission levied from app developers in Google Play will be reduced to 15% from 30% starting in July, but only for the first million dollars in revenue that the developer receives annually, according to Samir Samat, vice president of product management.
The move comes amid pressure on “Google” and “Apple” to ease the policies followed on their electronic markets for mobile phone platforms. Apple announced a similar cut for small businesses last year.
“Apple” and “Google” require developers to use their payment systems for transactions in their online stores for applications, services and digital goods with a 30 percent or less commission.
The two rival groups say the commission is an industry standard and fair compensation for running trustworthy online stores where developers can thrive.
The commission rate has been criticized by developers including Epic Games, Spotify, and others, and legal suits have been launched all over the world.
Also, Apple and Google are facing increasing opposition from other tech giants over their control of apps on their platforms.
Facebook and Spotify accused the “Apple” group of using its site to undermine competition by imposing rules on external developers that it does not apply to itself.
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