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Google Play store gift cards might be right around the corner, photos emerge

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Google Play store gift cards might be right around the corner, photos emerge
It looks like Google will soon make spending money in the Play store even easier by adding a couple of new features to its online marketplace. After taking apart the newly released Google Play store APK file (version 3.8.15), the folks at Android Police discovered evidence suggesting that Play Store gift cards could become reality in the near future. The list of clues includes new code, interface elements, and links to a "play.google.com/redeem" page, which is currently inactive. 

Well, it was about time, we have to say, for competing software marketplaces (ahem, iTunes) have had gift cards for quite a while. That ought to make gift shopping for Android geeks much easier. Besides, perhaps not everyone wants to submit their credit card information online, so a Google Play gift card would be a hassle-free way for those people to give some premium apps a shot.

Another new feature that we might see soon is the ability to add items to a wishlist – items like software, books, music, and other kinds of digital content. Although it isn't yet clear how the wishlist will operate, it is presumed that users can add stuff to it and purchase them at a later time, when they have sufficient balance, for example. 

Google has not yet announced any plans to introduce Play store gift cards, but given the evidence, it won't be surprising if that happens soon. Is anyone excited about that? Let us know by dropping a comment!


Google Play store gift cards might come pretty soon
Google Play store gift cards might come pretty soon
Google Play store gift cards might come pretty soon
Google Play store gift cards might come pretty soon

Google Play store gift cards might come pretty soon



UPDATE: And before you know it, spy shots of the rumored Google Play gift cards have been leaked on the web, which means we might see them on retail shelves within a few weeks. Here is what they look like. From what we see, the funds you redeem can be spent on apps, books, movies, and music. There is no word whether $10 and $25 will be the only amounts available.

Are these the Google Play store gift cards?
Are these the Google Play store gift cards?
Are these the Google Play store gift cards?

Are these the Google Play store gift cards?


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posted on 16 Aug 2012, 03:19 3

1. geesanut (Posts: 3; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Yahoo!,(remember them) like you said it's about time. Unless they were thinking apple may have said they copied gift cards for shopping! Everyone doesn't always want to have their credit cards used for everything. also what about the people who don't have 1. Would make it so much eaiser without having to compromise your info being stored to all these companies. Now maybe more people may purchase apps.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 04:08 6

2. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I've been waiting for this day for a long time. Finally, I will be able to buy apps!

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 05:31

3. hafizhfp (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)


Hopefully, this Google gift cards is easy to get around the world. If so, i'll buy the card, and buy that "great" paid-apps.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 10:04

4. frydaexiii (Posts: 1175; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Finally! No more pirating!

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 10:46

5. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Sweet.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 12:12

6. mas11 (Posts: 1024; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Surprised Google didn't do this earlier. If someone's teen has an android phone how did Google expect them to buy stuff? It's not a good idea to give your kids your ccn.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 19:50 1

12. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


My parents trust me with thier ccn. But I would never be dumb enough to waste their money as I know if i did I would probably not get a new phone/ tablet untill I am workong for my own money.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 12:56 2

7. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


As forward thinking as Google usually is, this is one aspect they were FAR behind Apple on. Glad to see they caught up with the times here.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 13:14

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


It would be better of they sell worldwide.... not just US

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 22:36 1

13. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 373; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


Same here! I've wanted this for so long! (BTW! Sorry voting you down. That was an accident! Big thumbs)

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 13:08

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1684; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yup...finally. Maybe now we will see more paid apps being bought.

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 13:13

9. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5536; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


this is a natural step in Google's campaign of consumable domination.

it would be cool if the cards were scanable by a barcode scanner that Google integrates into the Play Store app. i hate having to scratch the grey stuff off of cards and put in those 16-20 digit codes. :P

posted on 16 Aug 2012, 14:53 2

11. downphoenix (Posts: 2266; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Its understandable why they would require the scratching and such, but maybe an app that allows you to take a picture of the digits to input them? Would be slightly less annoying.

posted on 17 Aug 2012, 01:13 1

14. Savage (unregistered)


I hope this is not only a US-only thing. I'd love to buy all the paid-apps I fancied at last!

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