Google has decided to venture into the world of mobile service subscriptions with Google Play Pass. This is a service that for a subscription of $ 4.99 per month offers 350 games and applications in the Play Store on Android.
The service will be launched exclusively in the United States for now. However, Google plans to expand this subscription eventually. Users will be entitled to 10 free days to try. In addition, the company is planning a promotion where the first year has a monthly fee of $ 1.99.
2 thirds of included apps are games
As expected, the focus of this new service will be games. Most of the 350 apps will be games including Stardew Valley, Monument Valley, Limbo, Risk, Star Wars: KOTOR, Mini Subway, Old Man's Journey and Eloh.
Google Play Pass Subscription Screen
For utility applications like AccuWeather or Hi-Q Recorder, being present on the service means they will not have any ads. However, for games, purchases of goods such as coins and items will still be available.
An obvious attempt to fight Apple Arcade
It is no coincidence that this service was introduced shortly after Apple introduced its similar Apple Arcade service. Apple's subscription has the same value but offers games only. Apple Arcade has the advantage of being available in more countries around the world, such as Portugal.
Like Apple Arcade, Google Play Pass will enable the service to be shared among 5 family members. In addition, Play Store parental controls will be maintained for families with children.
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