Google Play To Allow South Korea Have Alternative In-App Purchase Options! Users Can Now Choose How To Check Out
(Photo : Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images) This picture taken on April 19, 2018, shows the logo of online streaming music service Google Play displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)
Google Play To Allow South Korea Have Alternative In-App Purchase Options! Users Can Now Choose How To Check Out
(Photo : Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) CHIBA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 12: An attendee walks past the Google Play booth on the business day of the Tokyo Game Show 2019 at Makuhari Messe on September 12, 2019 in Chiba, Japan. The Tokyo Game Show will be open to the public on September 14 and 15, 2019.

Google Play and Apple App Store have been criticized for the past few years because of their restrictions when it comes to application developers. Because these two companies are somehow strict, many critics claim they monopolize app payment options and application distributions in their platforms.  

Google Play To Allow South Korea Have Alternative In-App Purchase Options! Users Can Now Choose How To Check Out
(Photo : Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP via Getty Images)
This picture taken on April 19, 2018, shows the logo of online streaming music service Google Play displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

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One of the countries that don't agree with Google's app payment rules and regulations is South Korea. The Asian nation recently passed a law that requires Play Store to allow alternative IAP (In-App Purchase) options. 

Now, Google Play has finally agreed to the request of South Korea, which would definitely benefit developers since they can integrate their own IAP alongside the search engine giant's Play billing system. 

Google Play Surrenders To South Korea's IAP Law

According to XDA Developers' latest report, Google confirmed that it would comply with the Asian country's new law when it comes to IAP alternatives. This new rule was passed in late August, with the goal of preventing Apple and Google from forcing app developers to use their platform's in-house payment systems. 

Google Play To Allow South Korea Have Alternative In-App Purchase Options! Users Can Now Choose How To Check Out
(Photo : Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
CHIBA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 12: An attendee walks past the Google Play booth on the business day of the Tokyo Game Show 2019 at Makuhari Messe on September 12, 2019 in Chiba, Japan. The Tokyo Game Show will be open to the public on September 14 and 15, 2019.

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"We respect the decision of the National Assembly, and we are sharing some changes to respond to this new law," said Google via its official press release

The giant tech firm added that the new Google Play changes would offer application developers and users a safer and more trusted experience. 

Alternative IAP options would be available on tablet and mobile devices, allowing third-party payment systems to reach more consumers in South Korea. 

As of the moment, Google seems to be pretty busy with its products and services. Recently, we reported that Google Tensor 2 SoC could arrive as rumors claimed that the chipset's code appeared on Pixel 7 apps. 

On the other hand, the search engine giant could also bring back Google News to Spain this coming 2022.  

What Google Play's New IAP Update Looks Like

Based on the official post of Google, the new IAP update of the Play Store would offer a new option when you are purchasing an application. 

The provided images reveal that there would be a new section below, with the message "Choose How To Check Out." Below that text, you will see the available third-party payment systems and Google Play Store's billing system located at the very bottom. 

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