Google Adds To Our Subscription Nightmares With Google Play Pass

Ruben Fields
September 11, 2019

We've previously reported on Google's impending premium subscription app service Google Play Pass. Subscribers will get a dedicated 'Play Pass' section within their Play Store app, while listings that are part of the service will feature a purple banner underneath the buy button.

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The official tweet confirming the launch of Google Play Pass also carries a graphical image that showcases a raffle ticket-like icon, which could ultimately represent the new service on Google Play. Now, while people continue to wait for Apple Arcade to go live later this spring, it seems Google is testing out something similar with its $5-a-month Google Play Pass. This means that Android users in India might get the subscription service at a distinct price point and with some other premium apps and games that what would be available in the United States or Europe. Through a Tweet this afternoon, Google says that "it's nearly time" and that the Play Pass is "coming soon". Some of the games that appear to be offered through Google Play Pass include Stardew Valley, Marvel Pinball, and Limbo, but that's just judging from the few screenshots we've seen so far. The timing of this tease probably isn't a coincidence, as Apple is set to host its annual iPhone event today and we'll probably hear more about Apple Arcade during it. "Google Play Pass is coming soon".

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