You can take automatic subscriptions to Android apps for granted, but people in India won’t do it that easily. XDA learned that Google suspended registrations for automatic renewal of subscriptions and free trial periods after the Central Bank of India (Reserve Bank of India) introduced rules requiring an additional layer to verify subscriptions and other periodic payments. The freeze will take effect in early May and will continue until the company addresses the “ecosystem challenges”, according to an email sent to the developers.
You can still subscribe to services, but you will need to register again at the end of each period. Existing auto-renewable subscriptions are not affected, but Google asks app makers to clarify that users make one-time purchases.
We asked Google for a comment.
The new rules can easily affect other digital services, but they can affect Play Store users more than much. Android dominates India̵
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