Google Play Pass Subscription Service to Launch Soon, Google Confirms

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A new malware called the "Joker" is now plaguing Android apps and can reportedly steal money from your account by presenting itself as a premium subscription.

While there have been reports of this service since past year, Google started its testing period in late July 2019 and unveiled a number of details about the Play Pass. The update brings adds support for 60fps rendering on the capable devices and along with the new feature a change in name has been introduced - the ARCore app is now known as Google Play Services for AR. Now competition for the service has been confirmed to arrive in the form of Google Play Pass on Android.

Much as it is hard to not get excited about such a development, for those of us in Kenya, the places that Google and its types (especially Google) usually treat as afterthoughts, we might have to wait until the service is made official for us to know whether to be excited or not. 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.

Apple's App Store is already a major distribution platform for games, offering some 300,000 free and paid games.

However, for the users to pay for a premium version of either the app or the game individually seemed like an expensive feat.

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It further proves the similarity between Google Pass and Apple Arcade. It's unclear if games included in the service will be completely free of the dreaded in-app purchases, as "entertainment apps" are excluded from the promise of no ads or in-app purchases.

Google unveiled its new subscription service on Twitter.

Other game subscription plans include Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, regularly priced at $14.99 monthly for 100 titles, including "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds", "Minecraft", "Fallout 4", "Gears of War 4" and "State of Decay 2".

The service likely takes inspiration from Apple Arcade, a similar subscription being developed by Apple.

Google Play Pass was first reported back in October past year.

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