Google unveils changes to InAppProducts API, subscription catalog management

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Tech giant Google on Thursday announced new changes to its InAppProducts API and subscription catalog management set to take effect on January 1, 2024.

At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, the company introduced its new subscription capabilities for Android developers to provide them with more control and flexibility for managing their subscriptions. 

‘’The enhanced developer experience enabled by the monetization.subscriptions APIs, separates your subscription products – what you sell – from how you sell them, allowing you to configure multiple base plans and offers for each subscription,’’ the Android-maker explained in a blog post.

The company said that starting next year, monetization.subscriptions APIs will replace InAppProducts API for subscription catalog management, and all new apps will now be required to use the new APIs to manage their subscriptions.

Existing apps, on the other hand, will be required to shift to the new APIs until May 2024, when the company will end its support for the InAppProducts API for subscription management completely.

Google noted that the change won’t affect the Play Billing Library and Subscription Purchase APIs, and that developers will still be able to use the InAppProducts API to manage one-time products.

Starting this month, those who have used the InAppProducts API for subscription management within the last 7 days will receive reminders in Play Console regarding the migration. 

Meanwhile, developers of apps that are not utilizing the most up-to-date version of Play Billing Library will be required to upgrade to version 5.0 or later before this November so that they can continue to publish their app updates.

Written by Tuna Cetin


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