Google is closing paid extensions to the Chrome Web Store, the company has announced. This means that developers trying to monetize their extensions will have to do so with other payment management systems.
As of Monday, developers can no longer make new paid extensions, according to Google, although the action strengthens a policy that has already been in place since March.
This policy follows a temporary suspension of the publication of paid extensions in January, after Google noticed an increase in fraudulent transactions that “seek to exploit users.”
What does removing these extensions from Chrome entail?
What Google is essentially doing is shutting down the Chrome Web Store payment system that developers use to charge in-app purchases.
So if a developer uses Chrome Web Store payments to monetize extensions, they’ll have to migrate to another payment processor, the company says.
Google will gradually remove other features in the coming months. The search giant has provided a timeline of how will pause paid Chrome Chrome extensions.
Google will opt out of the free option on December 1, and access to payment through the Web Store will be restricted for all Chrome extensions paid on February 1, 2021.
These are not the only ones notable changes to extensions made by Google this year.
The company released a series of policy updates in April to reduce spam extensions, including banning multiple extensions that do the same thing, stopping developers from manipulating reviews to try to get a better ranking for their extension, and banning extensions that abuses notifications.
Google also intends to turn off the licensing API, which helps developers verify whether or not a user has actually paid for the subscription. Ask developers to implement a different way of tracking user licenses.
Most Google Chrome users do not have a paid extension, so this will not affect many of them. However, this is an important issue for developers who have relied on such services from Google.