Google Play against Russia: stop downloads and paid app updates

The new measure therefore prevents end users from downloading paid apps, while developers can only publish and update free apps, no longer paid ones. In March, Google said it continued to be allowed access to apps and games already downloaded or purchasedbut in light of the new restrictions, the ability to download a previously purchased paid app also seems to be compromised.

The Company emphasizes that the situation is rapidly changing, therefore developers are invited to periodically consult the official support page (link in source) to determine if the conditions for the lifting of the restrictions exist. Meanwhile, he advises developers to take some measures in order not to excessively penalize end users, for example by postponing the renewal of subscriptions up to the maximum term allowed by the Play Store rules (1 year) or, in the case of apps that provide a service of fundamental importance. , deciding to make them free as long as the restrictions remain.

IS a further piece of the larger picture of the measures taken by Alphabet to the Russian market after the start of the waramong which:

  • YouTube blocked Russian state media from posting ads and monetizing on the platform;
  • stop to new Google Cloud customers in Russia;
  • stop all advertising activities (Google ads) in Russia;
  • Google Europe has strengthened control measures against the spread of fake news and hacker attacks;
  • deactivation in Ukraine of some Maps functions that can benefit the Russian army (eg real-time traffic and crowding in public areas).

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