In the past year, it has become increasingly likely that legislators around the world would start taking the hard line against Apple’s and Google’s strong control over the app markets on iOS and Android. South Korea has now become the first to make a difference.
On Tuesday, the country’s National Assembly voted through a bill that has previously received strong criticism from the two companies, writes The Verge. The law, which is expected to be signed by President Moon Jae-in soon, prohibits app store owners from banning developers from using alternative payment systems in their apps.
This is exactly what Epic, Spotify and other companies have asked for so that they do not have to pay the usual 30 percent to Apple and Google and can also handle disputes, incorrect payments and other things themselves instead of being forced to rely on the companies.
Google tells The Verge that it costs money to develop Android and that it will review its options in the coming weeks. Apple has not yet commented, but has previously said that the law risks “reducing revenues for Korea’s more than 482,000 registered developers”.
According to New York Times For example, lobbyists for both companies have tried to convince US lawmakers that Korean law may be a violation of the free trade agreement between the two countries.