Android · Android App Development

Google Play Store Commission Fee

Prithvi Pawar Growth

May 18th, 2017

Physical products are not charged commission, what about services e.g. technical support service or teaching service for computers or even mobile phone - to help user setup/configure/debug issues with their devices. This service already exists and provided by a person remotely - and can also be provided separately w/o App via phone. If we decide to create an App for clients to pay for such services, and schedule or initiate support phone call - will there be any commission charge?

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Sudeep Bhatnagar I develop apps, talk apps, live apps.

May 18th, 2017

Google commission is for the things that are "digitally consumable" from origin to consumption. Teaching services shouldn't be in-app purchase, but you need to adjust the flow of this whole purchase thing accordingly.


1. If you sell "credits" via app to obtain the course, there are chances you come under commission umbrella.


2. If you sell your course via web, while consumption happens on android and also on web or desktop (any other platform for that matter) then it should by pass.


Also, google ain't as stringent as apple in these cases so give it a try anyways. The worst is you raise the fee if their cut seems imperative, else you should be good.


We at Agicent App Development Company developed an astrology app for a client, and he gives google a cut on "paid" question that people ask, while doesn't give a penny for the "paid live chat sessions" he hosts from the web. It's a fine line.

Mark Temperley ex-X Commerce finance, ex-management consultant

May 22nd, 2017

This is a tricky one. Google want to collect its 30%. So in theory if it results in a payment after downloading from Google Play they expect the 30%. You can argue that the paid for part is separately handled and not part of the free app. However, the risk is that they pull the app.