Google has revealed plans to extend the length of time before developers get paid for app downloads from the Google Play store from two to 15 days.
In a letter to Android app developers, Google claims the delayed payments will help developers by giving them a “consistent and reliable payout experience”:
“We are committed to providing you with a consistent and reliable payout experience while we introduce new forms of payment to better serve your users and create more revenue opportunities for you. In order to do so, we are shifting our payout date to 15 days after the month’s end.
“Starting in February 2013, we will transition you to a schedule from being paid two days after the end of the month to 15 days after the end of the month.
“We remain committed to offering a best in class marketplace for developers to sell their apps. These changes will allow us to ensure users can buy your apps and we can transmit payments to you in a reliable fashion.
The news has outraged developers, with one writing on a web forum “How the hell do you improve my merchant experience by giving me my money 15 days later?”
Google says it will assist developers by providing two interim payments while transitioning to the new schedule.