Still, installing a 3rd party app store that didn't come preloaded can come with its own set of issues.
"To clarify, Google Play does not have any limitations here on this kind of communication outside of a developer's app".
On the other hand, the company is saying that if developers do distribute their apps through the Play Store, they have to use Google Play's billing system... and share a cut of their revenues with Google.
In many aspects, Google's policy is similar to Apple's.
So, when the user downloads any joker infected app on her device, initially it would only ask for permission for access of sensitive information and credentials but do not perform any hazardous activities on the first run but gradually it drops its other components and malware through the app to carry out malicious activities.
Google notes that companies do have other options - they can let users sign up through their website and can even offer different pricing options for folks who do that instead of signing up through an in-app purchase.
Apple recently did the same for Facebook's paid events business on the iOS App Store.
Companies like Match Group Inc (NASDAQ: MTCH), Tencent Holdings Limited-owned Epic Games, and Spotify have joined the Coalition For App Fairness in a bid to get the Cupertino-based tech giant to change its policies. It also comes after Apple waived its usual fee for a Facebook feature in a rare concession.
Epic quickly filed a federal lawsuit against Apple, accusing the iPhone maker of wielding monopoly power.
In an announcement today, Google also says it will make changes in next year's release of Android 12 that will make it easier for consumers to use other app stores on Android devices, without compromising Android's existing safety measures.
To prevent your data from being sacrificed, be sure to not download apps that are not published by verified developers.
Google's post appears geared towards heading off accusations of anti-competitive behaviour. What's more, Google's promise to make it easier to use third party app stores in Android 12 will put Apple in an even tougher place since there's absolutely no way to use a third party app store on the iPhone short of jailbreaking it.
Google has sought to rebut criticism that it selectively enforces its 30 per cent mobile app store tax, demanding that the over 3 per cent of apps selling digital items without complying follow the rules within a year.
"Google is under particular antitrust scrutiny in the U.S. at the moment, with the Department of Justice (DOJ) getting ready to announce an investigation into the company â€" though this probe will reportedly focus on Google's dominance as a search engine.