November 29, 2014

Google Working on In-App Payments, Other Market Enhancements

For those of us who’ve found the Market a pain point in Android, is it any consolation to know that Google’s not happy with it, either?

At the Inside Social Apps conference this week, Eric Chu, Android Platform Manager, said that the number of paid app purchases are not increasing as they should with the increases in use of Android in general, and that’s something Google wants to fix for developers. Improvements planned for this year include:

  • A Google-sanctioned in-app payment system. Planned for the first quarter of 2011, this will give developers a way to enable purchases of real or virtual goods within their apps.
  • More carrier billing options. Currently only T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the U.S. are able to have Market purchases added to their phone bill, and Google would like to roll this out to more carriers.
  • Social features in the Market tied to the Android address book, which includes not only our Google contacts, but often contacts from Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Chu also said that HTML5 would be leveraged somehow, and even gave us a glimmer of hope about something that’s caused a lot of grief: he said that he’s “open to feedback” about possibly changing the 15 minute refund window.

Sources: Forbes, All Things D


  • Kevin

    I would love to set my own refund window for each app published. 15 minutes is great for some types of apps, but I feel my apps can’t be tested in 15 minutes and the user should be entitled to more time. The Market would be responsible for clearing communicating this developer selected refund window to end users.

  • http://abmw.wordpress.com alan wilensky

    Well, they better make that Android market work more reliably because 75% or more of the time, I cannot get a download, paid or free, to work. I have turned it on /off / taken the battery out, put it back in, tried to do a reset, the phone says, “you cant reset your phone”.

    It worked briefly last night, updated a few apps, and then It reused to allow me to purchase a new app.

    Where and what was the upside again to Android and the never updated Samsung Captivate line to the Apple phones? Now I am considering an iPhone, at least I can buy applications!

    • Joshua G.

      Just throwing this out there, but that sounds like an issue with your phone, not with android. And also google doesn’t choose when to update android phones, that was samsung’s fault.

      • Mark

        (now in the right location)

        Just look at the android market technical help. It’s a wide spread problem. Rather, it is a large number of problems affecting many would be buyers. It’s been going on like this (unreliable for various reasons) for years.
        The latest one is the upgrade to android 2.2.2. Many applications are no longer visible to 2.2.2 users. Why? The developers have to find out the reason for themselves. No help from Google.

        Overall, the feeling out there is that Google doesn’t care about its market actually working, just about new features (which always cause a week’s market outage).

        That’s it. I’m done ranting…

    • bryan

      Sounds like you are having a bigger issue with your phone that is also affecting the market.

      Also Samsung is one of (if not the worst) manufacturer with regards to software updates, they are way solw getting the 2.2 updates out to the Galaxy S phones and have stated that they are not sure that existing Galaxy S handsets will get a 2.3 update even though the hardware is almost exactly the same as the Nexus S which launched along with 2.3.

  • bryan

    Allow developers to set a refund window or go back to 24 hour refunds.

    There are simply too many types of apps that can not be evaluated in 15 min; such as live wallpapers. Sure it may look nice at first but what if it kills your battery or slows down your phone to an unexpected extent? The current 15 min refund policy is very anti consumer and is discouraging people from purchasing apps.

  • Mark

    Just look at the android market technical help. It’s a wide spread problem. Rather, it is a large number of problems affecting many would be buyers. It’s been going on like this (unreliable for various reasons) for years.
    The latest one is the upgrade to android 2.2.2. Many applications are no longer visible to 2.2.2 users. Why? The developers have to find out the reason for themselves. No help from Google.

    Overall, the feeling out there is that Google doesn’t care about its market actually working, just about new features (which always cause a week’s market outage).

    That’s it. I’m done ranting…

  • http://www.appbrain.com/app/istorybooks/com.infomarvel.istorybooks Rich

    This is great news! Most of the folks dont have Google checkout, it will be great if this can support PayPal as well.