Dating Apps Soon Getting Alternative Payment Systems Says Google | Spurzine

Dating Apps Soon Getting Alternative Payment Systems Says Google

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Match Goup Inc said Friday that Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, would allow the dating app operator to offer users a choice of third-party payment systems, removing Google’s control over user data.

Earlier in May, Match sued Google, calling the action a “last resort” to prevent Tinder and other apps from being excluded from the Google Play store for refusing to share up to 30% of sales.

The company said it withdrew its request for a temporary injunction against Google after the company made a series of concessions that would allow Match apps not to be removed from the Play store for offering alternative payment options.

Match’s lawsuit comes amid ongoing cases brought by “Fortnite” game creator Epic Games, dozens of U.S. state attorneys general and others over Google’s alleged anti-competitive actions against the Play app store. Match has also raised concerns about Apple Inc.’s App Store rates and payment policies.

Google had said it will block downloads of some of Match’s apps by June 1 unless they solely offered Google’s payment system and shared revenue, the lawsuit stated.

The majority of users on Match’s most popular app, Tinder, prefer its payment system, which allows for instalment plans, bank transfers and other features not provided by Google, according to the lawsuit.

Tinder-owner Match says Google to allow alternate payment systems for now on dating apps

Match said on Friday it plans to put up to $40 million into an escrow account, instead of paying Google directly for billing transactions on the Android operating system outside of Google Play store billing, as part of the temporary agreement.

Apple has also been criticized for building its App Store into a “walled garden” meant to extract fees from developers who want to access users on the iOS ecosystem.

Google and Apple charge developers hefty commissions and impose controls on software developers, forcing them to pay a sum when the in-app payment systems are used.

Source: Reuters

 

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Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.

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