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Netflix For Apps: Google’s Play Pass Is Coming

Would you pay a flat fee to play premium games on Android?

Here’s a good question to ponder: would you pay a flat monthly fee to pay premium Android games that you would otherwise have to shell out money for individually?

That’s the idea behind Google’s upcoming service, dubbed Google Play Pass, which will allow users to pay a flat monthly fee to get access to a number of premium apps and games.

Piracy is a big problem for Android, especially for games, which is a big stumbling block that’s preventing many developers from sinking a lot of time into creating games that don’t rely on a freemium model.

Tapcore, a company that detects pirated app installs and monetizes them, estimates that only 5% of premium app installs (anything that requires payment before download) are legitimate, with a whopping 95% being pirated.

Google’s Play Pass is one way to address the piracy problem on apps, the same way Netflix and other streaming services addressed the problems for movies and series piracy.

There’s no price for the service yet, though leaks have suggested that Google may ask for a $4.99 fee per month (Php 260) for it.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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