Google now blocks paid app updates on Russian Google Play

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The mobile apps paid from Google Play Store will no longer be updated in Russia, announced Google, which thus aligns itself with the sanctions put in place by the West against the country of Vladimir Putin.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, the technological giants have multiplied measures to weaken Russia.

Google gives advice to developers

As part of our compliance efforts, Google Play is blocking the download of paid apps and paid app updates in Russia starting May 5, 2022 “, said the company. If no changes will be applied to free applications, updates to paid applications will be blocked automatically.

In this context, the Mountain View firm advises developers to grant periods without charging subscriptions and to set up free trials. The latter can also defer renewals for up to a year, which should allow Russian users to continue accessing content without being charged during this deferral period.

Finally, in the case of applications offering critical services that ensure the security of users or allow them to access information, Google suggests “ offer your application for free or remove the paid subscription during this break “.

Russia VS Google: blow for blow

This announcement is not the first coming from Mountain View against Russia. Already on March 10, Google suspended paid applications and subscriptions in Russia; this included new app purchases, subscription payments and in-app purchases. The company nevertheless ensured that users could always access applications and games already downloaded or purchased. It is not the case anymore.

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In addition, Google has taken the decision to halt its advertising activities in the Motherland, after Roskomnadzor, the Russian federal telecommunications supervision service, ordered the American giant not to spread false information. on its platforms.

In addition, Google removed Russian media RT and Sputnik from its Play Store in Europe, while the Kremlin decided to ban Google News in its country.

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Sources: 9to5Google, Bleeping Computer

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