In India, Google may have been quietly making it easier to purchase apps, books, movies from the Google Play Store. For that, the search giant has launched the final carrier billing for Google Play in India, starting with Idea Cellular back in May, today it has started rolling out support for online payments through net banking. Here are the details.
It seems like Google making it easier for Airtel, Vodafone users in India to buy apps with carrier billing as well. Users in India are reporting they can see the Netbanking payment option live, which means Google is now letting mobile users in India pay for apps and digital content via netbanking authority.
Google Play is now offering Indian customers an easier way to make payments online directly from your bank account, instead using credit/debit cards. Useful for those who don’t have a credit card.
Here’s How To Use
When you make a purchase through netbanking, you just need to choose the bank you have added on the prompt in the store. This will redirect to the secure page for the bank where you can enter your username and password (login credentials) and pay online for your purchase of.
Most of the popular banks including, State Bank of India (SBI), Indian Bank (IB), Axis Bank, CitiBank are listed in the criteria. There’s still some banks such as Standard Charted are missed out. Hoping that Google will officially make this feature more widely in the coming days.
Wait! Google hasn’t officially announced this new payment solution as yet, as per the support page, the accepted payment methods do not explicitly describe ‘Netbanking’ as one of the methods one could use to pay for premium Android content. Google Play also supports carrier billing option, which is currently available on both mobile and web versions of Play Store. Supports the prominent Indian banks like ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank as well.
Google is constantly tweaking its Play Store to make it more user friendly as well as developer friendly. Recently, the giant announced a new feature that would allow developers to offer app purchases and subscriptions at a lower price for a limited period of time before charging the full price. Also redesigned its Google Play to highlight a new ‘Trending‘ section, which makes it easier for users to search and find most trending topics and related apps. This new section although sits right under the entertainment Tab. Tapping on that section displays a page fill of news, videos, links to other useful content, an author description and much more.
For now, what the big thing is that Google Play Store gets support for Netbanking and online payment in India.