Google promises to make it easier to install and use third-party app stores with Android 12
Google has officially announced a change coming with Android 12 that will make it easier for Android users to install and use third-party app stores on their devices. Although it’s still possible to use third-party app stores like Epic Games store, F-Droid and Amazon App Store for Android, Google is hoping to make the process easier and secure on its upcoming Android 12.
“In response to that feedback, we will be making changes in Android 12 (next year’s Android release) to make it even easier for people to use other third-party app stores on their devices while being careful not to compromise the safety measures Android has in place. We are designing all this now and look forward to sharing more in the future!”
Google hasn’t been clear about what changes it will make on the upcoming Android 12. However, they said they will reveal more information in the near future and are now working towards it.
This comes after Epic Games bought a huge fight with Apple and Google when it started a legal dispute questioning the monopoly of these companies on iOS and Android platform, respectively. None of the companies has drawn back so far, instead, Google has made it mandatory for all apps in its Online store to use Google Playstore Billing system from 30th September 2020. In simple terms, Google is making its payment policies clearer to inform all developers that apps on the Playstore must use Google’s in-app purchases systems for billings. Moreover, any app not using Google’s billing system must add it before September 30, 2021.
Google also noted that even if a developer and Google do not agree on business terms the developer can still distribute on the Android platform due to its open nature and used Epic game Fortnite as an example. Fortnite is still playable on every Android device despite been Kicked out of Google Playstore.