Google Play Store Lets You Sample In-App Purchases for an Informed Purchase

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  • 10 Oct 2012
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  • Google has greatly improved their Play Store, formerly known as the Android Market, once they decided to expand the service with Books, Movies and TV, Music, Magazines and more. More so, Google is preparing to offer the developers the possibility to integrate a method of sampling in-app purchases, for an informed final buy.


    One feature that we as Android users take pride in is the ability to purchase an app and test it for 15 minutes before deciding if we want to keep it. If not, simply uninstalling the app within the 15 minutes interval will have your purchase refunded without any change to your account. It is a highly useful feature and Google is preparing to do the same with in-app purchases. For starters, the developers can offer in-app purchase equivalents for subscription products, to ensure that your content is available to users of older devices that do not support subscriptions. A developer that adds a subscription to their apps must also publish the app itself before Google Play will make the products available for purchase inside the app.

    The new highlight of Google Play features is the ability for developers to set a free trial period, in which users can test the subscription before actually purchasing it. For this to work developers are not required to make any changes to their APK packages. As was the case with the updates feature, that allowed for only modified parts of the APKs to be downloaded, Google Play will also handle everything required to make the new feature work. It is without a question a very welcome benefit for end users and we hope developers will be willing to integrate it very soon.

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