Amazon removes digital content purchases from its Android app
In order to avoid paying Google a 30% commission on all digital content purchases, Amazon has removed the ability to purchase e-books and other digital content from its shopping app on Android. While users can still download and stream content they own through the app, new purchases will only be possible through Amazon’s website or Kindle app.
According to a recent BBC report, Amazon implemented the change in response to a Play Store policy that requires app developers with annual revenue of more than $1 million to pay a 30% commission on all purchases. integrated. The e-commerce giant has already implemented a similar policy for its iOS shopping app to avoid fees imposed by Apple.
Although Amazon hasn’t released any information on how this change might affect digital content sales, a company spokesperson told the BBC that the company has “considered carefully” this change. Interestingly, the BBC report points out that Amazon recorded its first quarterly loss since 2015 in April this year, following a drop in online sales.
This isn’t the first time Amazon has taken such a drastic step to avoid a fee hike. Towards the end of last year, the company said it would stop accepting Visa credit cards in the UK, citing “quite blatant” price hikes in Visa’s transaction fees. However, the company has not implemented this change as it was able to reach a deal with Visa earlier this year.
Head over to the original BBC cover by following the link below for more information on the change.
Have you used the Amazon shopping app to purchase e-books or other digital content? Will this change affect your shopping habits, or are you okay with going to Amazon’s website for future purchases? Let us know in the comments section below.