Japan Implements Ban on App Store Operators’ Mandatory Payment Systems for Developers, Targeting Apple and Google

A government panel in Japan has announced its plans to revolutionize the smartphone app payments market, currently dominated by Apple and Google. In order to promote healthy competition, major app store operators will no longer be allowed to force software developers to use their own payment systems, as reported by Reuters.

According to a recent report by Reuters, the government panel’s final report recommends that smartphone operating system (OS) providers should be required to offer users secure alternative platforms for downloading apps, instead of relying solely on their own app stores.

Currently, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android dominate the mobile OS market in Japan. Apple restricts iPhone users to downloading apps exclusively from its own app store, while both Apple and Google require software developers to use their respective payment systems, which come with hefty commissions of up to 30%.

The report states that the government will carefully examine the necessary legislative actions, with plans to present a relevant bill to the parliament as early as next year, according to the Asahi Shimbun daily.

The panel is made up of prominent individuals such as Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura and Economy Minister Shigeyuki Goto.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google have joined forces to address the issue of unauthorized use of Bluetooth tracking devices like AirTags for stalking purposes. Together, these tech giants are taking proactive steps to prevent such behavior and safeguard the safety and privacy of individuals.

Last month, Apple and Google released a proposal to establish standards aimed at preventing the misuse of Bluetooth tracking devices, including Apple AirTags and other similar gadgets, for unwanted tracking and stalking. Other popular tracking brands such as Samsung, Tile, Chipolo, and Pebblebee have also endorsed the proposal, as stated in a joint press release by these companies.