August 17, 2012
Google To Launch Play Store Gift Cards Within Days Or Weeks: Report
redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online
Rumors surfaced on Thursday that Google might be getting ready to release gift cards for its online app store.While it may not seem like a big deal, Google Play gift cards that could be purchased at various retail outlets could enhance the company´s reach to customers without credit cards, or those who prefer not to store their personal information online.
The possible release of the gift cards was first reported by Android Police, who revealed screenshots of Google´s ℠Redeem Activity´ by compiling a hacked APK.
"What I have here today is more than concrete," Android Police's Artem Russakovskii wrote. "It's solid evidence."
“One additional interesting detail regarding gift cards popped up in the code - the Play Store is now set to intercept links to play.google.com/redeem, which currently returns a "404 page not found" error,” he wrote.
Google has not responded to requests for comment about the matter.
One of the possible features to connect the mobile store with a gift card is the wish list capability, which allows users to add apps, movies, music, books, magazines and television shows.
"Maybe later it can turn into a cart," Russakovskii said, suggesting these items could be purchased with the gift cards.
"I don't know when," Russakovskii said, "but we're likely close if Google decided to unleash the hounds and release the Play Store APK in the wild."
“Rest assured that they're coming,” he said.
Russakovskii speculated that Google might hold off announcing the new gift cards until an upcoming event, or perhaps after the latest version of the Play Store has rolled out, which could be within days or weeks.