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Kakao confirms it’s eradicating exterior fee possibility after standoff with Google  – TechCrunch


South Korean messaging large Kakao confirmed at present it should take away an exterior fee possibility after Google blocked the South Korean firm behind KakaoTalk from issuing updates. 

The South Korean firm continued utilizing an exterior fee hyperlink in its Android app towards Google’s new in-app fee guidelines. Whereas the app’s updates have been suspended on June 30, the native stories concerning the KakaoTalks’ updates being blocked on the Play Retailer solely emerged final week.

Kakao advised TechCrunch that it determined to take away the exterior hyperlink for customers’ comfort.  

The choice got here per week after Kakao held discussions with South Korea Communications Fee (KCC) and Google final Thursday (July 7). The corporate didn’t make the choice of eradicating the hyperlink at the moment when TechCrunch requested early this week.  

South Korea grew to become the primary nation to impose curbs on Google and Apple’s fee insurance policies that pressure builders to solely use their very own billing programs. The invoice, additionally known as the Anti-Google regulation, was handed by the South Korean parliament in August final yr.

South Korean builders can use third-party fee programs, however can’t use hyperlinks to redirect clients to a different web site. Google’s new coverage requires builders promoting digital items and companies to make use of its personal billing system. Meaning Google doesn’t enable builders so as to add hyperlinks to their app that allow customers bypass Google’s billing system. 

On April 1, Google stated all apps should both use Google’s personal fee possibility with the 15-30% in commissions or the apps that would provide a third-party system for 26% commissions. Google additionally stated apps might be eliminated in the event that they fail to adjust to its new in-app guidelines, beginning June 1. 

The KCC, which advised TechCrunch in April that blocking app builders from utilizing the weblink fee possibility would breach South Korea’s app fee regulation, reportedly will begin an investigation into Google’s billing coverage. 

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