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Google testing 'Play Pass' subscription for Android

For $5/month, users would get access to a number of premium apps

In March of this year, Apple unveiled its upcoming subscription service for premium mobile games: Apple Arcade. Now, it seems Google may have an answer for Android users.

Android Police has shared screenshots highlighting a possible new service from Google called Google Play Pass, a similar subscription service offering access to premium apps for $4.99/month. A Google spokesperson has additionally confirmed to the outlet that the service is being tested.

Per the screenshots, Stardew Valley and Marvel Pinball are visible as games that could be included, but games are not the only element of Play Pass. Unlike Apple Arcade, which is focused on games, Play Pass appears to encompass premium apps as well as games, including music and fitness apps. It's also worth noting that Apple Arcade has not yet announced its own pricing details.

The shared screenshots promote a "curated catalog spanning puzzle games to premium music apps and everything in between," touting "hundreds" of premium apps available without ads, fees, or in-app purchases. A free 10-day trial option also appears to be available, as well as a family plan and the ability to cancel any time.

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