Last Updated on September 23, 2020 by Alilu Favour
Google Chrome recently announces it’s plan to stop payment on Paid Chrome Extensions Platform. This is part of Google’s cleanup activities this year, Google is set to remove the cost of its Paid Chrome Extensions.
However, this does not imply the end of the road for Paid Chrome Extensions as we predict that Google will find a way of bringing it back but not in its paid form, and probably not this year too. I suspect that this will take effect after Febuary next year.
According to Google, they will completely stop functions of apps that function with in-built payment system. Here Paid Chrome Extensions allows payment into its app. Online payments were made through it.
As of Monday, developers can no longer make new paid extensions, according to Google — though that’s cementing a policy that has already been in place since March. And that policy follows a temporary suspension of publishing paid extensions in January after Google noticed an uptick in fraudulent transactions that “aim[ed] to exploit users.” Verge says
Google will gradually phase out other functionality over the coming months, and on February 1st, Google says that existing extensions can no longer charge customers using the Chrome Web Store’s payments system.
Chrome Extensions will not be available by February 2021
Just so you know, this is not the end of the road for Chrome extensions. Google is shutting down its payment system. This means that developers may not be able to use them but developers can create their own extensions for payment and other functions.
Hence, developers need to be more innovative in getting ways to get other extensions, if possible they should team up to create a new platform for each other.
If possible, they can team up with a rival platform like Microsoft or try something with the guys from the silicon valley.