Google has cemented a policy banning developers from making new paid extensions. The company had announced the temporary suspension of published paid extensions in January. The company had announced the suspension after observing an uptick in fraudulent transactions aimed at exploiting users.
This week, Google has announced a plan to permanently shut down Chrome Web Store’s ‘Payments API’. The system is being used by Google to handle payments on Chrome Web Store. The API takes care of one-time fees, subscription and auto-charging the users after free trials.
Earlier this year, Google had suspended the ability to publish and update Chrome paid extensions. The company temporarily disabled the entire Payments API in March. Initially, the company had promised to crack down on fraudulent actors. Google is also asking extension developers to migrate to the third-party payment processor. The company, indeed, has no plans to bring back the payments API.
From September 21, the developers can no longer create new paid extensions or in-app items. By December 1, 2020, free trials will be disabled. The ‘Try Now’ button in CWS will no longer be visible. Even the in-app free trial requests will result in an error. Google will ban access to your existing items and in-app purchases from February 1st, 2021.
Apart from this, Google has made numerous changes to its policies in April. The changes are intended to reduce spammy extensions including banning multiple extensions that perform the same functions.