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Order Management Moves to Google Play Developer Console, Private Apps Now Part of managed Play Store

Google simplifies the merchant experience for developers who have paid apps, in-app purchases, or subscriptions with new settings in the Google Play Developer Console launched today with appropriate access control settings, “so users only have access to the tools they need.”

First up, order management is moved to the Google Play Developer Console from Google Payments Center, along with all the tasks in the Payment Center, “can now be perform in the Developer Console.”

And, second “payments settings are now accessible from Developer Console as well as available on payments.google.com,” writes Google.

Other improvements such as “bulk refunds can be made on multiple orders”, “subscription can be refund, and or revoke directly from the order management tab without going to a separate UI,” “new access permission in Developer Console called ‘Manage orders’, allow a user to find orders, issue refunds, and cancel subscriptions.”

For these users, other features will be read-only, Google said, and “financial reports will be hidden” and the finance data can only be viewed by users with “View financial reports” permission.

Payments settings are also restricted to account owner when accessed from Developer Console.

Google notes, that starting January 23, order management will cease being available in Payments Center, instead it’ll now be available in the Developer Console. And, since user permissions aren’t carried over automatically, “account owner by jan 22, will need to add all users (see steps under) with the new ‘Manage orders’ permission, who need access to refunds and any other order management features.”

Google Play Developer Console adds manage paid orders and payments settings

Follow these steps to add new users to Developer Console account (verbatim from Google):

  • Log on to Google Payments Center and review all existing users.
  • Sign in to your Developer Console and add one or both of the following permissions for all users that need access to Order Management in the Developer Console.
  • View financial reports: Gives the right to access and view financial reports.
  • Manage orders: Gives the right to view and refund orders but not to view aggregate financial statistics or download sales & payout reports.
  • Let your users know about the new location for order management.

Google Play Private Channel, a feature which allows G Suite admins to distribute custom Android apps to users via Play Store app received an update today—maing the private apps now more discoverable and easier to access. Also, using an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider, customer can “whitelist these private apps for work profiles and company-owned devices.”

In order to make private apps more easily discoverable, these apps will be relocated to “Work Apps” tab within the Play app, from previously company’s Private Channel in Play Store Android app under the tab [your organization’s name].

This new tab, will also contain any managed applications such as Google Mobile Management, if an organization is using an EMM provider.

And in order to make “Work Apps” more richer with private apps and managed Google Play (formerly Play for Work) for new customers, “G Suite admins will be able to offer a curated set of both public and private applications specific to your enterprise for your employees,” google said. Additionally, controls will be consolidated within managed Play, simplifying the whitelisting process for both private and public mobile applications.

With this simplified whitelisting process, customers wish to deploy private apps for the first time, must enroll with an EMM, such as Google Mobile Management, and managed Google Play. “Customers using Google Play Private Channel can continue to use private apps as they do today, without enrolling to EMM.” “This will allow you to make private applications available in work profiles and on company-owned devices, as you currently can do with managed public applications,” writes google.

These changes to Google Play Private Channel will come into effect begining on January 31, 2017.

Google Play Private Channel apps now part of managed Play Store

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