Google has introduced temporary changes for Google Play users in India, putting a pause on free trials and auto-renewing subscriptions. According to XDA Developers, Google has sent out emails to developers, notifying them that new signups of auto-renewing subscriptions for users in the country will remain suspended “until the ecosystem challenges are addressed.”

Source: XDA Developers

The temporary changes have been introduced in response to a new regulation by RBI, India’s Central Bank. RBI’s new guidelines on recurring transactions via credit cards, debit cards, UPI, digital wallets, and other prepaid payment instruments (PPI) call for an “additional layer of authentication.” This means all recurring transactions will have to be manually authenticated by users using a one-time password (OTP).

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