Majority of Android users access the apps they use off the Google Play Store, given the freedom it comes with and the numerous lot readily available. However, despite being free, most of these apps display annoying ads and lack so many features that a user would have interest in.
To counter this, you can now utilize Google Play Pass – a monthly subscription service that allows you exclusive access to a variety of games and other apps on the Play Store. The service is now official and it costs $4.99 for you to get any of more than 350 apps and games.
Google says the service shall go further to include other types of apps such as health, fitness, photography, photo retouching, weather and camera apps.
Why Google Play Pass?
The new service does away with ads, in-app purchases and any paywalls that you would find with the normal apps on the Store. For starters, there is a promotion that lets people pay $1.99 per month for the first year that includes a free trial for up to 10 days. Additionally, you will be able to share your Play Pass subscription with up to five family members.
How to use Google Play Pass
When you open your Google Play app, you should be able to see a new tab with a ticket logo in it. Once your app is up to date, tapping the menu at the top left, and looking for Play Pass is as good as done for you.
The page specifically includes featured apps and any available recommendations for the service. Google plans to share subscription revenue with app developers, but did not detail exactly how the money would be split.
Google Play Pass is more like the search engine’s answer to Apple’s Arcade service which launched a little earlier and also costs the same – $4.99. The key difference between the two is that while Google focusses on various apps in its service, Apple’s is strictly on games and has about 100 already available.
Google is also working hard to have its hand in the gaming industry. This coming November, the company will be releasing Stadia, a service that lets people stream games from the cloud instead of playing them on a console.
Also, Google is working on Google One, yet another subscription service for consumers that gives people more storage for the company’s suite of apps, including Google Photos and Drive.