One of my favorite parts of the iOS App Store – aside from the many great apps – is that I can use just about any payment method I choose, from iTunes gift cards to a credit card to even PayPal. Unfortunately, Google’s Play Store doesn’t currently offer such luxuries: PayPal is not an available option and, as of right now, there are no Google Play gift cards.
However, it seems that Google wants to change that – at least, as far as the gift card situation goes. Up above is a rather blurry picture of $10 and $25 Google Play gift cards. As it says on the bottom, the cards can be used to purchase music, movies, books, apps, and oddly “more,” although what “more” could be isn’t known at this time. Something else that isn’t known at this time is where they’ll be available: hopefully, they’ll be available in every major retailer in every country that has access to the Play Store, but only time will tell.
I love the idea of gift cards for any app store. Adding my payment information to a lot of the stores that I use on a daily basis makes me queasy, but I have no problem entering a code from a little plastic card that I bought for $10 from WalMart. Plus, there are a lot of younger Android users who might not always have access to a credit card, so this should boost Play Store sales by quite a bit.
Just throwing this out there, but wouldn’t a QR code on the back of each card be cool? You could just scan the information with your phone and be credited the amount of money. Yay for saving time!