A bill redefining the policies of the Apple and Android app store was scheduled. However, it was canceled, or God knows just didn’t take place.
It was scheduled that the Arizona state would vote on a bill to impose new regulations on how mobile applications would work. The announced bill, HB2005, never took place, and it followed none of the notification or explanation on the reasons to cancel it, as reported by The Verge.
The bill was focused on addressing the payment processing and the cut that app stores take from application developers. If it were passed and signed into law as planned, it would require Apple and Android stores to loosen their policies.
The planned bill didn’t take place without any due explanation. It directs all towards a controversy that the tech giants have made a deal to prevent the cuttings in their profit, giving the companies a long-term edge over collecting hefty revenues each year.
Many were waiting for the proceeding on this contentious topic, and many were looking forward to better earnings with loosened policies in place.
The suggested rules, proceeded by the States’s House of Representatives at the beginning of the month, would make those Arizona-based companies reaching to the mark of 1 million downloads each year to chose alternative payment methods when users subscribe or make a digital purchase such as a new gun or an advanced sports car in a game, etc. Google and Apple app stores offer a payment method that deducts 30 percent from each purchase as their respective commission.
Most developers and users are angry about the canceling of the bill, criticizing that the tech giants have made a deal with government authorities, which is a win-win for both but harms developers and users’ pockets.
“The big show turned out to be a no show. The bill was killed in mid-air while on the agenda with a backroom deal. Apple has hired the governor’s former chief of staff, and the word is that he brokered a deal to prevent this from even being heard,” David Heinemeier Hansson, a developer who submitted testimony in support of HB2005, tweeted this afternoon.
Apple and Google have been asked for answers on this, however, neither one has made any comments.