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Tech & ScienceGoogle Play Pass, Apple Arcade will spar for mobile gamers

05:40  11 september  2019
05:40  11 september  2019 Source:   qz.com

Google is testing a subscription for premium Android apps and games

Google is testing a subscription for premium Android apps and games It seems like Google is looking to ramp up its effort to increase Play Store revenue. As per Android Police's report published today, the company is testing a monthly subscription service called 'Play Pass' to grant you access to a bouquet of premium Android apps and games. According to the report, the monthly pass will cost you $4.99, and in return, it’ll give you access to a bunch of apps without any ads, fees, or in-app purchases. From screenshots obtained by the publication, it’s evident that the premium pass catalog will include puzzle games to music and fitness apps.

Like Apple Arcade , Play Pass promises games with no microtransactions or ads, with all purchase-locked content available from the start. Awareness of the Google Play Pass subscription service grew in 2018 after Android tinkerers found a reference to it within the Google Play Store framework.

Earlier this year, screenshots leaked of a Google Play game subscription service and Apple Arcade competitor called Google Play Pass . The teaser, a day before Apple revealed pricing and launch details for Apple Arcade , has zero details — so we’ll have to keep waiting to learn more about when

Google Play Pass, Apple Arcade will spar for mobile gamers © Provided by Atlantic Media, Inc. Google Play logo and Huawei smartphone

While most of Silicon Valley drools over Apple’s new gadgets, another tech giant is trying to make waves this week. The day before Apple’s special event today (Sept. 10), Google coyly shared an update on Twitter.

In an understated post, Google confirmed it was launching its own subscription service, Google Play Pass, an ad-free Android offering that includes games and other apps. It seems the pass will not require additional in-app purchases. XDA Developers first reported on rumors of Google Play Pass last year.

Like Apple Arcade, it appears Google Play Pass will cost $4.99 per month. (At least, that’s how much Google charged for the service during beta testing in July.) Although Google hasn’t verified pricing or even revealed a launch date, the company’s tweet included a new logo which shares a color scheme with Google Play, the official Android app store. It’s not clear how different Google’s subscription service will be from Apple’s offering, which features over 100 games from both prominent and indie games developers, many developed exclusively for Apple Arcade. Apple’s new service launches Sept. 19.

Google did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

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