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Google announced the expansion of testing billing alternatives for Play Store users in the US and other markets. Ultimately, the company stated that third-party apps can actively participate in this experimental activity.

For those unaware, user choice billing enables Android app developers to use their own payment systems instead of Google’s. As a result, developers no longer need Google’s built-in system to hold payment actions in their apps.

To be specific, users will have the option to either use the Google Play Store’s in-app purchase system or the developer’s payment system while purchasing in-app content (in supported countries).

The technology manufacturer began user selection for beta billing tests in September. At that time, the company launched the beta phase in Australia, the European Economic Area, India, Indonesia and Japan.

After fruitful results, Google Play Store pushed to test user choice billing in the US, Brazil and South Africa. Besides, the latest expansion will make user choice billing available in 35 regions around the world.

Spotify – First Beta Tester

Moreover, Google reports that Spotify is the first third-party app that has started billing for alternate testing. Subsequently, Bumble also joined this recruitment process.

After the stable implementation, Android users will pick up a new UI on Spotify and other applications. This user interface will allow the users to choose how they want to pay for the monthly subscription packages or other subscription packages.

Google Play Store US billing


On the other hand, developers who want to adopt user choice billing in their apps need to follow some key guidelines from Google. According to these regulations, developers must show separate screens for billing options.

Moreover, the billing screen should be visible before each purchase. Besides, developers must fulfill the requirements given below:

  • Your app must be a mobile or tablet app that is not intended for games
  • The developer must be a registered company
  • Implement trust and security requirements and user experience guidelines when available
  • Offer only user choice billing to mobile and tablet users in the announced trial countries
  • Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) (if handling credit and debit card data)

For more detailed information on these instructions, click over here.

In Google’s words, this is just the beginning and the company will continue to expand testing of the new billing alternative in more regions in the coming time.

Google Play Store US billing