News by Dan Seifert on Thursday May 24, 2012.
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Google has supported in-app billing in the Google Play Store (née Android Market) for a long time, and today it is expanded the feature to also support in-app subscription billing. Developers will now be able to sell monthly or yearly subscriptions in their apps and have Google do all of the processing legwork for them.
A new tab in the My Apps section of the Google Play Store on Android devices will showcase the subscriptions that a user has purchased. Google says that the system can be used by developers for traditional subscription items like magazines, but that it can also be used for access to bundled products, game levels, music and video content, value-added services, or any other digital content. Developers also have the ability to extend subscriptions purchased in Google Play to their other web properties.
Google says that developers will begin offering Google Play subscriptions in their apps in the coming days, and one of the first out of the gate will be Glu Mobile, which plans to offer VIP currency packages in a number of its gaming titles. Developers that are interested in integrating in-app subscription billing are encouraged to check out Google's documentation on the new feature now.source: Google
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