Spotify and Google start testing ‘user-choice billing’ on Android phones

Music streaming platforms Spotify and Google have begun testing the User Choice Billing (UCB) pilot program to offer alternative in-app purchase experiences on Android devices.

The pilot program allows users to subscribe and make purchases using their payment option of choice, Spotify said in a blog post.

All Android users will soon have a choice on how they want to pay for their Spotify subscription in the most convenient way.

“In the coming weeks, we will expand our test to even more markets,” Spotify said.

“We believe that fair and open platforms enable better, frictionless customer experiences that also allow developers to imagine, innovate and thrive.”

In March this year, Google announced the pilot program to test third-party billing systems in Android and its wider ecosystem.

The tech giant said it would partner with developers to explore different implementations of user-choice billing, starting with Spotify.

“As one of the world’s largest subscription developers with a global footprint and integrations across a wide range of device form factors, they were a natural first partner.”