Google to add more payment options to the Android Market

Google to add more payment options to the Android Market
On the Android developers web site, Google passed along word that it is making some changes to the Android Market Developer Distribution Agreement. The Search Engine company's Tim Bray wrote that this is being done in preparation of changes being made to allow more payment options for purchasers of apps on the Android Market. Currently, buying an app requires the use of a credit card using Google's Checkout. Google plans on allowing carriers to put the charges for apps purchased from the Market directly on each customer's monthly phone bill. Presently, only T-Mobile allows customers in the U.S. to have app charges put on the monthly invoice.

To get things moving in the right direction, Google has made one change in the Agreement and has added a new section. Section 13.1 has been changed so that  "authorized carriers" have been added as an indemnified party.This is a big clue telling us what the Mountain View based company has in mind. They also added Section 13.2 , which covers indemnity for payment processors for claims related to tax accrual. All very bland legalese to be sure, but for those who would rather pay for app purchases through their carrier instead of using Google Checkout, these are two very good changes. Both the change and the addition take place in 30 days, so we would expect to hear some official word from Google about new payment options for the Android Market sometime late in August.

source: Androiddevelopers via AndroidGuys

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10 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Nice i really like this feature. Tho if a kid is under their parents plan, i could see them going app happy crazy.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, very true. the only thing that prevents that now is the credit card thing. once carriers allow this they better allow parental controls to stop it or at least set a monthly limit on it to control it.

2. elpuser

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Does the iPhone have this payment option? Just wondering.

3. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

From when i had the iphone, no. But i doubt it still. the ipad and ipod touch work the exact same. You have an apple account and it charges you from a credit or debit card. Since ipad and ipod touch don't require contracts or service from phone carriers, there is no monthly bill.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

with the Iphone, any purchases made on itunes gets billed to your itunes account...and that will not change - never has and never will...

6. gansta-aaron

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 24, 2010

It's a smart plan for google. Some people get really scared to use their credit card, witch is understandable. And this way it's feels more safe and people might buy even more apps.

7. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

How about they give people a website like Nokia's Ovi Store so we can see what applications are available before we buy an Android phone?

8. adash13x

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 08, 2010

I would like to see an option to pay with PayPal....

9. quadrilacious

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

I wouldn't mind seeing a gift card option ala iTunes. I don't want to connect my iTunes account to a credit card, so I buy gift cards when needed. Of course it helps when I have a drug store, an Apple Store and two grocery stores within a half mile to a mile radius.

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