In-app payments coming to Android next week

Catching up with iOS, Google is making it easier for people to part with their money by buying upgrades from within an Android app.

Android will get in-app billing next week.
Android will get in-app billing next week. Google

Android app developers will be able to charge for upgrades and extras from within their apps starting next week, Google said.

Developers can upload test apps to make sure the service is working, said Eric Chu, who's involved with Google's Android developer program, in a blog post yesterday. "You won't be able to actually publish the apps to users until the full launch of the service next week," he added.

In-app billing lets developers offer optional upgrades such as Angry Birds' Mighty Eagle character or Photoshop Express' camera pack . Apple's iOS already has the ability.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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