In some areas of the world, cash is still king. Announced this week at Google I/O, users in select markets, starting first in Japan and Mexico, will be able to pay for apps using good ol’ fashioned paper money.
Called Pending Transactions, a user will initiate the app purchase, but for payment, they can opt for a transaction code. The user will take this code to a local convenience store, show the clerk, and pay for the app however they want to. Google says they should have access to the app within 10 minutes, though in some cases, it can take up to 48 hours.
As for refunds, you’ll only be able to receive Google Play credit.
Not everyone across the globe has access to a digital form of payment, so for those people, this is fantastic addition to Google Play.
Skip ahead to 7:30 for details on Pending Transactions.