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Google to accept 3rd-party app payments in Japan, India

U.S. tech giant responds to calls from foreign authorities for promoting competition

Google plans to introduce a "pilot program," which will allow developers to choose credit cards or other payment methods.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Google plans to accept the use of third-party payment services on its smartphone app in most major countries such as Japan and India, but not the U.S., marking a turning point in its conflict with foreign authorities who have been calling for the opening of payment systems to the outside to promote competition.

App developers have only been able to use Google's payment system when distributing their apps on Google Play. In response to growing demand to open up payment methods to third parties, Google will introduce a "pilot program," which will allow developers to choose credit cards or other payment methods.

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