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Google says 'Play Pass' subscription service is coming soon

Google says 'Play Pass' subscription service is coming soon

The service launches on September 20, 2019. 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 also confirmed the 31 different games that will be offered with the subscription service. It wasn't until August, that screenshots of a beta test version of Google Play Service were leaked. "Google Play Pass is coming soon". The screenshots of the new service, courtesy of Android Police, reveal some details about the upcoming subscription service.

The user doesn't have any hold on what the app does, as it gains access to their SMS messages, copying the OTP that gets sent to authenticate a payment.

It further proves the similarity between Google Pass and Apple Arcade. One example spotted was Stardew Valley, which usually retails for $12.99 on the store.

Recently, the Play Store received a redesign via an update, and since then, Google has been releasing Play Store updates with additional under the hood changes for reliability and performance, along with some bug fixes.

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I am not sure whether Google would also hire game developers for the Play Pass similar to Apple. Back in March this year, Apple launched its game streaming platform called Apple Arcade featuring more than 100 games.

Speaking of comparison, the Google Play Pass will likely be comparable to the Apple Arcade gaming subscription at $4.99 a month.

Play Pass will include hundreds of premium applications with all the functions and features unlocked. Both of these mobile services will only offer a selection of curated games and not the entire Play Store or App store library as of that matter.


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