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Google will allow Match offer third-party payment option on Android before 2023 trial

Google has worked out a temporary arrangement with Match that will allow the dating app maker to use a non-Google payment system while the two head to court next year.

Match Group wrote in a release, “Match Group today announced it has withdrawn its request for a temporary restraining order against Google, after Google made various concessions that Match Group demanded to benefit consumers. Those include guaranteeing that Match Group apps will still be allowed to offer users choice in payment systems, lessening the undue burden on developers by its previously stated policy, and eliminating Google’s complete control over user data.”

It is learned that both parties make concessions to arrive at the solution that would allow dating apps like Tinder, Hinge, OkCupid, etc., to remain in the Play Store while offering an alternate payment method.

Match Group dragged Google to court, accusing the company of illegally monopolizing the app distribution market. Google makes app developers use only its own billing system and takes up to 30 percent out of all transactions. To prevent being kicked out of the store, as happened to Fortnite, Match Group sought a restraining order from Google but has since withdrawn it.

Google has given assurances that it won’t block any Match Group app and has also agreed to develop the features that the apps need to offer an alternate billing system in good faith. In turn, Match Group agreed to work on adding Google’s billing system to its apps as an option.

Match Group has also set up a $40 million escrow fund as a guarantee pending when an official agreement could be reached. This would take care of any commission Google would have earned from Match Group. The apps will also keep track of all fees paid by users through non-Google payment means.

However, Google still plans to sue Match Group for flouting its Developer Distribution Agreement.

Match Group is a member of the Coalition of App Fairness, made up of companies fighting against allegedly anticompetitive app store business practices. The coalition also includes Spotify and Epic Games. Spotify has been allowed by Google to test a non-Google payment system, although the music streaming platform is expected to feature Google’s payment method as an option.

Google and Apple have come under criticism for their app store payment practices. Apple especially is in the spotlight, as multiple countries are looking at how it conducts its app store business. The company has had its proposal on allowing dating apps to use third-party payment options rejected by the authorities in the Netherland. The EU will also be rolling out some new rules to prevent big tech companies from squeezing out smaller ones. In South Korea, Apple and Google have been mandated by recent legislation to allow third-party payment options inside apps.

Written by HackerVibes

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