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Purchasely Takeaways #4: 3 main App Store changes, 1st Purchasely-Amazon implementation

Purchasely Team
Purchasely Team
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Here is the September edition of our Newsletter. Key takeaways:
  • three major announcements made by Apple: News Partner Program + 500 price points + “reader” apps
  • Google and Apple app stores under fire in South Korea
  • Netflix starts testing Android games for users in Poland
  • Pearson bets on direct-to-student subscription shift 
  • The 1st Purchasely-Amazon implementation is live with TRACE+ and Molotov Solutions
  • Laurent Libano, new Purchasely Head of Sales
We hope you got some time to recharge and bounced back to work with new energy! Do you know that July was the hottest month ever recorded?
The Purchasely team.

Three major announcements made by Apple
1️⃣ Apple launches News Partner Program with a 15% commission rate instead of 30%. Only for publishers that operate Apple News channel in Australia, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
This program is designed for subscription news publications that provide their content to Apple News in Apple News Format (ANF). ANF also supports advertising, and publishers keep 100 percent of the revenue from advertising they sell within Apple News. 
Apple has already provided a similar successful program with Video Partner Program since 2016.
Introducing the News Partner Program - News - Apple Developer
2️⃣ On August 26, Apple announced a number of changes coming to the App Store that, pending court approval, will resolve a class-action suit from US developers.
  • Clarification: Developers can use communications, such as email, to share information about payment methods outside of their iOS app (users must consent to the communication).
  • New: Apple will expand the number of price points available to developers for subscriptions, in-app purchases, and paid apps from fewer than 100 to more than 500.
  • Extension: App Store Small Business Program and its 15% reduced commission rate will be applicable for a period of 3 years.
3️⃣ On September 1, Apple announced it would allow developers of “reader” apps to include an in-app link to their website for users to set up or manage an account.
The change will:
  • go into effect in early 2022;
  • be applied globally;
  • to apps that provide previously purchased content or content subscriptions for digital magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music and video. Games are excluded.
This decision is part of a settlement with Japan’s anti-trust regulator that is enough for it to close a five-year investigation into Apple that focused on video and music apps.
Latest news
South Korea passes a bill limiting Apple and Google control over app store payments.
A bill was submitted to South Korea’s parliament last month and approved last week. It means that developers will be able to avoid paying commission to major app store operators by directing users to pay via alternate payment systems.
South Korean bill targets big app stores — What it means for Google and Apple
South Korean bill targets big app stores — What it means for Google and Apple
This initiative follows another regulatory threat in the USA where three Senators introduced a new bill called Open App Markets, asking to require Apple & Google to allow third-party app stores on their operating system.
Netflix starts testing Android games for users in Poland.
Interesting bundling initiative by Netflix Poland announced on August 26:
Starting today, members in Poland can try Netflix mobile gaming on Android with two games — Stranger Things 1984 and Stranger Things 3 — all as part of their membership
The games will show up in Netflix home feed. If the user taps on a game’s icon, he can learn more about the game and tap a button to download it from Google Play. After the game is downloaded, the user will be asked to log in with his Netflix credentials before he can start playing.
Netflix Geeked
Here’s what you can expect:

- No ads
- No in-app purchases
- Games included with your Netflix membership

We’ll keep you updated as we explore what gaming looks like on Netflix. Stay tuned.
Zomato, the Indian Food Delivery Decacorn, is embracing subscription services.
Zomato is an Indian restaurant aggregator and food delivery company. In mid-July, it listed its shares in Indian stock markets. Its initial public offering (IPO) gave it a valuation of $12 billion.
Zomato has two subscription plans:
  • Zomato Pro that provides benefits of up to 40% discount on dining out and up to 30% on delivery;
  • Zomato Pro Plus that is an ‘invite-only’ upgrade of Zomato Pro that offers no delivery and surge fee, when you order food on Zomato. 
Deepinder Goyal
We have 1.8mn Zomato Pro members as of today.

And one of the most requested features from our customers has been “Unlimited Free Deliveries” (something like Amazon Prime).

So… in a few hours, we are launching our Limited Edition *Pro Plus* membership for select customers…
Pearson bets on direct-to-student subscription shift.
Pearson, the educational publisher, launched last month an app (Pearson+) offering US students access to all 1,500 of its titles for a monthly subscription of $14.99. This price represents a massive discount to the current list prices for Pearson’s textbooks.
The CEO says to Financial Times:
Essentially we’re going to move from the ownership to the access model, just as the music industry moved from the ownership of a song to Spotify and iTunes.
The 1st Purchasely-Amazon implementation is live
TRACE+ by TRACE is available on Amazon devices such as Fire TV, Fire TV Stick and Fire Tablet.
TRACE, the global broadcast and digital media company specialized in afro urban music and entertainment, trusted Purchasely, through its OTT solution partner Molotov Solutions, to power all In-App Subscriptions management for its TRACE+ mobile and TV Apps.
François Le Pichon, COO of Molotov Solutions, shares:
With the rise of the Fire Stick and the announced partnership with Windows 11, Amazon In-App Purchasing has become a must-have for our ecosystem. We had previously integrated Apple and Google In-App Purchases for our Customers using Purchasely. When a request emerged from TRACE+ to enable In-App Purchase in the Amazon Appstore, it was a natural choice to turn to Purchasely again. They came out with the integration in a few weeks, and we were able to integrate it very easily, only building from our existing Android App. This was overall a seamless and pleasant experience knowing that it also involved a full switch and migration of users.
Read more: ➡️ Purchasely supports Amazon Appstore ⬅️
Purchasely is now the first In-App Subscription Platform to support multiple Google Play alternatives such as Amazon Appstore and Huawei AppGallery. Contact us for more information.
Laurent Libano, new Purchasely Head of Sales
Laurent Libano, Head of Sales at Purchasely
Laurent Libano, Head of Sales at Purchasely
Laurent will be responsible for developing our sales strategies and growing revenues at international level.
Prior to joining Purchasely, Laurent was in charge of Sales and Partnerships at Seelk, the Amazon Software & Consultancy subsidiary of Jellyfish, the digital marketing partner to the world’s leading brands. 
Laurent has demonstrated a track record of international business development in 20 countries when he was Business Director and Head of Sales of PharmaBoardRoom, the global platform for C-level healthcare executives. 
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