Google Play, ‘Maintain Outlink Payment’ KakaoTalk Update Suspended

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Google Play Store has temporarily stopped updating the KakaoTalk application.

The reason is that KakaoTalk is maintaining the outlink payment method, which is against Google’s policy.

According to the industry, Kakao is unable to provide the latest version of KakaoTalk, which was released on the 30th of last month, on the Google Play Store.

In response, a Kakao official said, “The review of the latest version of the KakaoTalk app was rejected for non-compliance with the policy.”

Previously, Google banned updates from last April on apps in the Google Play Store that did not introduce an in-app payment system, and decided to delete them from the Play Store from the 1st of last month.

Kakao has maintained an outlink for web payment within the KakaoTalk Android app without following the mandatory policy of in-app payment.

Regarding the suspension of the update, the Korea Communications Commission said, “We need to check the facts in more detail.” “We will check the positions of Kakao and Google and review the inclusion of a status check according to the contents.”

In response to the interruption of updates, Kakao has been distributing the KakaoTalk app in the form of an installation file to Android users since the 1st.

He also explained that Apple’s App Store and One Store continue to support the latest version of KakaoTalk.

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