Google to let Android users pay cash to buy Play store apps

There is a piece of good news for all the Android users living in emerging markets, Google is finally allowing people to buy Play store apps using cash.

At Google I/O 2019 this week, the company revealed a new Play Store feature called Pending Transactions which is part of the new version of Google Play Billing Library. It will allow people different ways to pay for Android apps on the Play store.

The new feature is aimed to include people in the emerging markets who tend to stick with the free and ad-supported games and mobile applications due to lack of access to credit/debit cards.

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Though carrier billing is available for Telenor users in Pakistan, the Pending Transactions will offer a payment method most people prefer in emerging markets, cash.

How Will It Work?

The new feature will be close to how we already use services like Easypaisa or Jazz Cash in Pakistan without the mobile app. Once a user will purchase an app or a feature within a mobile app, they will receive a payment code which they will have to take to a nearby store to pay cash for concluding the transaction.

The user will then receive their app on smartphone and confirmation of payment via email within the next 10 minutes. However, according to Google’s policies, it may take up to 48 hours for the purchase and the email to show up.

With the Pending Transactions feature, Google is pushing the users in emerging markets to buy Play store apps. The option is available in Japan and Mexico at the moment and the company plans to expand it to other countries in the coming future.

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