Google says 'Play Pass' subscription service is coming soon


That was in closed testing. In India, Google will allow users to pay via United Payment Interface (UPI) while purchasing apps and games on Google Play Store as well as for in-app content buys.

Back at the beginning of August, Google put a new subscription service called Google Play Pass into testing. The games will have no ads or in-app purchases and won't be available (at least at first) anywhere else. It feels like $9.99 is the more logical price point but time will tell.

The service likely takes inspiration from Apple Arcade, a similar subscription being developed by Apple.

The existence of the Google Play Pass was first spotted by an XDA developer a year ago. However, the company hasn't revealed any other details about the upcoming Play Pass.

The announcement of Apple Arcade and Apple TV comes after the research firm IDC reported a 25% drop so far in 2019 in iPhone shipments.

While there have been reports of this service since past year, Google started its testing period in late July 2019 and unveiled a number of details about the Play Pass.

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The user doesn't have any hold on what the app does, as it gains access to their SMS messages, copying the OTP that gets sent to authenticate a payment.

Now, Google has confirmed the existence of the long-rumoured subscription service in a tweet on the Google Play account.

While Google has not mentioned any specific timeframe for the service to arrive or what it would be priced at, the earlier leaked screenshots had suggested $4.99 price tag.

If you have any of the apps that have been listed, we recommend that you delete them immediately.

Apple Arcade, first revealed earlier this year, will be available starting September 19 in more than 150 countries with the release of iOS 13.