Google is introducing a pilot to allow “a small number of participating developers” to offer a payment system in addition to those of Google Play. Spotify will be the first and will use both Google Play’s billing system and its own.
“This pilot will help us better understand whether and how user choice billing works for users in different countries and for developers of different sizes and categories,” said Sameer Samat of Google. said in a blog post†
Samat says the feature builds on his plans to allow additional billing systems in South Korea, which Google created in response to legislation passed in South Korea last year. Apple is also required by law to allow third-party payment systems in the country, and the company has committed to doing so.
In a blogSpotify has detailed what users can expect from the new systems when they become available:
Users who have downloaded Spotify from the Google Play Store will be given the choice to pay with Spotify’s payment system or with Google Play Billing. For the first time, these two options will appear side by side in the app. This gives everyone the freedom to subscribe and make purchases using the payment option of their choice directly within the Spotify app. Spotify will continue to freely communicate with users about our Premium subscription service, promote discounts and promotions, and allow listeners at our Free tier to convert to Premium directly in the app.
In the coming months, Spotify will be working with Google’s product and engineering teams to build this new experience, and we’ll be rolling it out in countries around the world. Working together, the companies will test and learn, and jointly explore product innovations on the Android platform. We expect to launch the first version of User Choice Billing later this year.