Google Testing In-App Payments, Full Roll-Out Soon
Google announced on Thursday via blog post that it will begin testing in-app payments for the Android Market starting today, and plans to fully enable the feature next week. Developers who want to offer in-app purchases need to upload their apps to the Developer Console, create a catalog of in-app products, and set prices for them. They will then be able to test the process of accepting in-app payments through the Android Market. Google said that these test apps won't be visible to Android users until the full in-app purchase system goes live next week.
Android Pay to Support Payments via Google Assistant
Google this week rolled out the Google Payment API, a new set of capabilities that will allow anyone to make in-app or online payments with any debit or credit card associated with their Google account. Google says this option will simplify the process for people to checkout and make purchases online, as it negates the need to fill out cumbersome purchasing forms.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Google Pay Arrives to Fully Replace Android Pay and Google Wallet
Google today released Google Pay, the revised payment application and service that replaces Android Pay. Google Pay encompasses most features of Google Wallet and Android Pay in a single app, allowing people to use Google Pay to make payments online and via mobile devices.
Google Testing 3rd-Party Email Access in iOS Gmail App
Google is allowing people to use their non-Gmail email service within the Gmail app for iOS. Apple's own iOS email app and Microsoft's Outlook email app both already support multiple email services, as does Gmail on Android handsets.