If you have apps in the Connect IQ store that require some form of payment, then you’ll want to be aware of the new guidelines for developers. Starting today, we are asking all developers to let us know if their apps require payments in the newly added “Monetization” section of their app description:

Why the Change?

Several customers have reached out to us in frustration after being asked for a payment that they weren’t expecting. By adding this information, you can provide valuable information for your app’s users, so they won’t be met with surprises later. To help with this effort, we will add a banner to all monetized apps that says “Payment Required,” as shown here:

Let Us Know by January

We are asking all developers to select “yes” or “no” within this new monetization section of the app description by January 1, 2021, so that we can add these banners to the Connect IQ store where appropriate. For apps that require payment or a subscription for full functionality, we are also requesting that developers clearly explain what payment is necessary in the app description.

If your app requires payments and you don’t let us know by January 1, your app may be rejected or removed from the store. Thanks in advance for your help in providing this valuable information to Connect IQ app users.