FORTUNE — Consumer Reports, which hasn’t been particularly kind to the iPhone lately, came to Apple’s (AAPL) defense Friday — two days after the FTC declared a $35.2 million “victory for consumers” against the company.
According to the FTC, Apple failed to warn parents that by entering a password, they weren’t just approving a single in-app purchase but were also letting their children make unlimited purchases for 15 minutes without further parental permission.
Is Google (GOOG) Play — the Android version of the App Store — any different? The FTC didn’t say.
So Consumer Reports’ Jeff Fox tried to reproduce on an Android device the horror story cited in the FTC’s complaint: The child who managed to spend $2,600 on in-app purchases in the game Pet Hotel before Apple’s 15-minute window closed.
On Google Play, it turns out, that window of unsupervised in-app purchasing is twice as long — a full 30 minutes — with no dollar limit and no on-screen parental warning. As Consumer Reports’ headline put it “Google Play Store lets your kid spend like a drunken sailor.”
Fox reached the FTC, but no one there would comment on whether there had been complaints about in-app purchases in Android games, or whether the commission might be going after Google next.