Speaking at the Inside Social Apps conference yesterday in San Francisco, group manager for Android at Google Eric Chu gave us the skinny on the current status of in-app payments when it comes to applications found on the Android Market. Turns out the feature was supposed to launch during the final quarter of last year, but developers busy readying holiday apps left little time for the payment system to be tested and perfected after developer feedback.
The new timeline has in-app payments launching this quarter, and when they do they will bring along plenty of options for developers. Payment methods will include carrier billing as well as your standard Google Checkout, among others. When finally launched, in-app payments should play nice on most Android devices, according to Chu.
It has been a long time coming for ability to make in-app purchases, and it’s hard to say who will benefit more when they finally do arrive. Developers get extra avenues to monetize their hard work while users get access to even more features. We’ll be looking forward to it.