INTRO: Google has today announced a change coming with Android 12 that ought to make it easier for users to put in and use third party app stores on their smartphones. While it’s already possible for users to use third party app stores on their phones, like the Galaxy Store, Google is hoping to form the method both easier and more secure.
The company are going to be adding features to Android 12 which will “make it even easier for people to use other app stores on their devices while being careful not to compromise the security measures Android has in situ .” The Mountain View giant hasn’t shed more light on what these changes are going to be , however, saying instead that it’ll reveal more details within the near future.
That said, the corporate isn’t letting go of its grip on apps that use its own Play Store for distribution. In fact, Google is making its payment policies clearer to tell developers that apps on the Play Store must use Google’s in-app purchases systems for billings. Moreover, any app not using Google’s billing system must add it before September 30, 2021.
Billing and payment is that the big issue over which Google kicked out Fortnite from the Play Store a short time back when Epic added alternative payment methods to Fortnite on Android. Google isn’t backing down on that decision though. In fact, Google is using Fortnite as an example of how “even if a developer and Google don’t agree on business terms the developer can still distribute on the Android platform.”
That’s just a little cheeky from Google, but it’s also true. Fortnite on Android remains entirely playable on every Android phone even after Google kicked it off the Play Store. What’s more, Google’s promise to form it easier to use third party app stores in Android 12 will put Apple in a good tougher place since there’s absolutely no way to use a 3rd party app store on the iPhone in need of jailbreaking it.
It remains to be seen exactly what Google is planning on doing to form third party app stores easier to use in Android 12, but we’ll keep you updated as Google releases more information about the upcoming changes.