I was reading google play store guidelines for in-app purchases. If one creates a website for the user to login and purchase a subscription plan for an Android App, and then user logs in to the Android App after purchasing a subscription, does Google take a 30% cut in this scenario? I was reading google play store guidelines and it says the following below but it's not clear at all. Would love your help.
Google Play has a strong policy related to in-app purchases. All in-app purchases in Android apps have to use Google Checkout, except in two cases
1. The purchases are for actual, physical goods.
2. Whatever you are purchasing can be consumed elsewhere like digital videos, music, and books.
If the user completes the transaction from within the app you ARE in most cases required by the TOS to pay the fee to Google and/or Apple.
The fee for subscriptions is different than for regular purchases however. As of June 2016, Google charges 15%. Apple charges 30% during the user's first year and 15% after that.
Some apps that include subscriptions will get around this requirement by allowing the user to make payment on the company website and apply credits to the app. Spotify is an example of this. An important caveat is that the website must be opened in a browser separate from the app. You cannot simply have the app open an embedded webview or you will be violating the TOS and risk having your app removed from the marketplace.
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