Google To Allow Users To Pay For Android Apps Using Cash, UPI Coming Soon

Srivishnu Ramakrishnan

The Google I/O Event is making headlines for making some great announcements. Google has announced to add support for cash payments. Currently users of Japan and Mexico cash to add credit to their Google Play balance. Google stated that this feature will soon come to India and they will have a new payment method to choose from. The company is working to integrate the UPI payment method which is a payment framework developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).

Google’s Senior Product Manager, Larry Yang said, “In India, we are in the process of rolling out Unified Payments Interface, one of the most popular digital payments platforms in India.”

The date to integrate this feature is not yet finalized. But, it is expected to come to India soon and it will be added as a feature to Google Pay app.

In India you can pay via credit/ debit cards, net banking, carrier billing (via Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone), and Google Play balance/ Google Play gift cards for any purchase on Google Play.

Aurash Mabood, Director of Engineering at Google said, “We know that emerging markets are a key area of growth for you all [developers], which is why are excited to announce pending transactions. This is a new class of delayed form of payment like cash, bank transfer, and direct debit.” 

Pending Payments Code

This opens a new possibility of payment as now users can opt for receiving a payment code which can be used for payment a nearby store. This removes the need for attaching a debit/credit card while paying for an in-app purchase. The user can then go to the store and complete the transaction at the store. And, after 10 minutes an email regarding proof of payments will be sent to the user.

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Pay Screen at Store

This method of the pending transaction is one of the several updates arriving with the Google Play Billing Library (Version 2.0). Another notable option is the “Subscribe and Install” which allows the user to install the app with a free trial subscription, all at just one click.

Subscribe and Install

Source: Android Developer Site

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