Google now lets developers offer free trials with its Play Store subscription services

Daniel Bader

October 10, 2012 12:52pm

Google has expanded its Play Store offerings to allow free trials when purchasing a subscription to something. While mainly used for magazines, which aren’t yet available in Canada, the new policy will allow developers to add at minimum a 7-day trial to whatever product or service they’re selling. It will show up as a purchase of $0.00 in your Play Store invoice, which helps keep track of what content you’re consuming.

The free trial is available for apps, games and books, and will automatically begin billing the user after the allotted period using the credit card on file. This could mean that apps like Rdio could offer a free trial from within the Google Play Store, making using the service frictionless.

By cancelling the trial before the end of the allotted time, you will not be billed for that period; forget to cancel and you’re in for a month.

Check out all the details over at Google’s Developer Policies.

Via: Android Authority

  • 45

    I can’t see myself ever using any of these subscription based services (though maybe once Spotify officially comes to Canada and is offered that way..) but pretty neat feature!

    • ExcessDan

      try rdio. subscription service works well, already had a 7 day trial and don’t need to subscribe through play anyway. works in canada without mucking around with DNS settings.

    • haxor99

      Try rdio???? Why would I pay for music??? Crazy

  • OgtheDim

    I could see a lot of games doing this, and then going with a subscription revenue stream.

  • Dimitris

    Don’t know if it counts as ctheaing, but there is a lot of t.v. content including C-SPAN, MSNBC analysis shows, Stewart/Colbert and many network series t.v. shows that can be accessed online. This includes show old shows on IMDB type websites. Movies also can be downloaded.