Amazon has removed purchases from the Kindle app for Android devices in line with a new Google Play store policy that requires developers to implement Google’s billing system.
Google has previously allowed some developers, including Amazon, to use their payment mechanisms in their Android apps instead of relying on Google Pay. But now Google is stricter in enforcing this policy, so Amazon has decided to eliminate purchases altogether.
Ars Technica reports that Amazon was the first to respond to this policy by rejecting the purchase of audiobooks in the Audible Android app on April 1st. Now the company has also removed the ability to purchase ebooks from the Kindle app and stopped selling through the Amazon Music app, too.
Amazon is not the only company implementing these changes. Barnes & Noble announced in April that it would no longer be able to sell ebooks, audiobooks or anything else via the Nook app for Android devices. (Including the company’s Nook HD 10 “designed with the Lenovo tablet.)
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Both companies continue to offer digital content sales through their mobile websites, and Ars Technica reports that Amazon continues to sell physical books through its primary Android app as well.
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