Well, this took a little longer than expected, but it was pretty obvious that Google would match Apple’s stance regarding “off-store” payment methods–especially considering their app ecosystem is way more… “creative” in what concerns scalping users.
(Their reaction to Epic’s shenanigans may have been less visible, but only because the media likes to selectively milk headlines for all that they’re worth, and Apple was a juicier target.)
The buried lede, of course, is the vague statement about “making it easier for other app stores” to exist on future versions of Android. That is clearly a pre-emptive move to put forward as part of any anti-trust conversations, and is going to be very interesting to consider from a security perspective (to say the least).
I’m just going to make more popcorn.