Kakao continued to use an external payment link on its Android app against Google’s new in-app payment rules. While app updates were suspended on June 30, reports the local It was only last week that KakaoTalks updates were blocked on the Play Store.
Kakao told TechCrunch that it decided to remove the external link for user convenience.
The decision comes a week after Kakao held discussions with South Korea’s Communications Commission (KCC) and Google last Thursday (July 7). The company had not made the decision to remove the link when TechCrunch asked earlier this week.
South Korea has become the first country to impose restrictions on Google and Apple’s payment policies, forcing developers to use only their own payment systems. The bill, also called Law against Googlewas adopted by the South Korean parliament in August of last year.
Developers in South Korea may use third-party payment systems, but may not use links to redirect customers to another site. Google’s new policy requires developers selling digital goods and services to use their own payment system. That means Google doesn’t allow developers to add links to their app that allow users to bypass Google’s payment system.
On April 1 Google said all apps must either use Google’s own payment option with 15-30% commissions or apps that can offer a third-party system with 26% commissions. Google also said apps could be removed if they don’t comply with new in-app rules starting June 1.
KCC, which told TechCrunch in April that blocking app developers from using the web connection payment option would violate South Korea’s app payment law, is reported Will launch an investigation into Google’s payment policies.