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

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 "" 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!

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.



1. geesanut

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

2. WinC76 unregistered

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

3. hafizhfp

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Finally! No more pirating!

5. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011


6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

12. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

13. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

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

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

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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