It looks that in-app purchase troubles are starting to affect Google too. Google informed one of its developers that the developer’s free app, Visual VoiceMail, has been taken out from the Android Market. The cause given was that the application dishonored a section of Google’s developer agreement that takes the pricing and payments. In a move that could signal, Google is taking a hard line on in-application payments alike to the way Apple has summarize a new subscription system, Google has pulled the well-liked Visual VoiceMail application from Android Market, mentioning a violation of the developer payment methods.
The information of the violation are not totally clear, but the developer trusts the application, which has had around one million downloads on Android. It was seen that payment was not done using Google checkout. Google informed the developer PhoneFusion recently, saying it was dragging their free voicemail application after more than two years on the market for the violation of the Developer Content Policy. When Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based PhoneFusion rushed up, the Android Team said through e-mail and mentioned that the developer disrupted section 3.3 of the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement, which covers pricing and payments.
The Google is not absolutely clear about the violation, Jonathan Hollander of PhoneFusion has informed that the developers of Visual VoiceMail considered the problem that the application does not use Google Checkout for in-application. PhoneFusion runs in-appliation retrieved from its Web site. All fees retrieved by the Developers for the Products circulated through the Market must be managed by the Market’s Payment Processor. In different words, developers must use Google Checkout.
It seems like they are pulling the Apple but just for the GigaOM quoted Hollander. There was no caution that they are going to put into consequence in this, which makes it not as good than Apple. Google replied to the GigaOM but it would say only that it deletes applications that violate its terms of service. Apple’s new subscription service drew the ire of magazine and newspaper publishers at the time it was announced on February 15. Apple declared a subscription service to allow newspapers, magazines and other content suppliers to charge for content via Apple’s App store. Apple will keep about 30 percent of the revenue and will only transfer the subscribers’ personal statistics like name, ZIP code and e-mail address if the customer precisely allows it. By default, only Apple will have access to that information.
Publishers conflicted on that Apple is taking a 30 percent cut of revenue on customers when it brings to publishers and that the company would not be sharing the customer information with anybody. Apple would be giving consumers the opportunity to share information with publishers. A couple of days later Apple’s service was proclaimed, FTC investigation spread as rumors into the service began popping up, it should be inquired if Google is found to be performing something similar.