Google recently announced that after 11 years it will stop supporting payments on the online store dedicated to its browser, the Chrome Web Store. With the move, the company expects developers to use third-party payment alternatives to offer add-ons and other items for a fee.
According to the company, the publication of renewals and paid items has been suspended since March of this year due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic. However, Google decided to finalize the move starting in September, effectively banning the creation of new extensions or paid items in the Chrome Web Store.
The changes don’t stop there: in December of this year, the test buttons (also called “Try Now”) will be disabled, as will the options with the same purpose within the applications. Likewise, for existing apps, extensions and paid items, Web Store payment support will end in February 2021, but developers will still have access to previous purchase information, both in apps and in-store.
The Google initiative could weaken or even end the market for paid extensions as the news discourages the development of new applications for the browser. Previously, the extensibility features that were an attractive differentiator for many Google Chrome users were now more risks than benefits, especially when it comes to digital security, and have therefore fallen out of use.