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Google Gives Chrome Web Store Global Access, In-App Purchasing and Flat 5% Fee

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This in from Google I/O: Users all over the world will get access to the Chrome Web Store — all 160 million users of them, across 41 languages. The new markets joining the current users will be limited to free apps only at first, though that is likely to change over time.

Google also made in-app purchases simple and easy to integrate; in fact, it takes only “one line of code” to ensure a more seamless experience for users by not kicking them out of apps to buy things. As for the business side of those purchases, that will be simple too: The company won’t give in to complex pricing structures or inflated schemes, but just charge a basic five percent fee to developers.

These are all good things that can encourage further development for the Web Store, which has already hit 17 million app downloads so far and looks poised to grow.


Adriana Lee

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