Summary of Changes:
Main changes implemented on May 17, 2017
- We updated the terms to subtract the developer share of all refunds from developer
payouts (Section 3.7).
- We made changes to make it clear that the DDA covers the existing and new services
provided to developers through Google Play (replaced definition of “Store” with new
definition of “Google Play” throughout).
Main changes implemented on July 2, 2016
- We've updated the terms to support the launch for Google Play Family Library, which
allows users to share paid apps with family members (Section 5.4)
- Clarified that the DDA governs all tools and features in the Developer Console
(Definitions, Section 11, Section 13)
- Clarified that Google may evaluate your apps for compliance with the Developer Program
Policies and the DDA (Section 5.1)
- Clarified that the DDA supersedes any conflicting terms in your End User License
Agreement (Section 5.4)
Main changes implemented on May 5, 2015
- Update to allow applicable Google entities to distribute apps and games on Google Play
based on the countries where your product(s) is available for download and purchase
- We've clarified that Google will only need to be notified of a change of control (e.g.
acquisition, merger, etc.) by your business. (section 15.6).
Main changes implemented on September 25, 2014
- Update to requirements regarding the level of support that developers must provide to
their users, including a minimum defined service level and requirements for accurate
contact information (section 3.6).
- New language introduced to support the distribution of apps and games from the Google
entity most appropriate to the user's location, and to comply with changes to international
tax regulations (section 3). Please see this page for details.
- We've updated Section 4.5 to provide additional clarity around the distribution of
third-party apps on Google Play to maintain a secure ecosystem.
- Expansion of the marketing opportunities developers have available when Google promotes
their apps (developers may manage this setting via controls in the developer console). See
sections 5.1 and 6.2.
- We've added language supporting the removal of installed apps from devices where the
apps could pose serious harm or an identified security risk to devices or data. (Section
- The agreement amendment procedure has been updated to be less disruptive to developers
and consistent with industry standards, allowing us to bring new product features to users
and developers more quickly. (Section 14).