Google’s New In-App Payments Product Set For Launch In May 2011
Through carrier billing, Android developers were already able to process in-app transactions using solutions from the likes of Zong, PayPal and BOKU. Angry Birds developer Rovio even went for payments by SMS, underscoring the need for Google to get this in-app payments product up and running as fast as possible.
Google was originally set to debut in-app payments support for Android applications in the fourth quarter of 2010, but recently said that the launch would be delayed until the end of this quarter. Now, it appears the real launch date of the much-anticipated (at least by many an app developer or publisher) product is May 2011.
Thank you for your use of the Jambool Social Gold platform. As you know, Jambool was acquired by Google last August. This acquisition meant that some changes to our business were inevitable, and we’d like to share them with you today.
First, the existing Jambool Social Gold product will be discontinued in favor of a new Google in-app payment product in May 2011. Rest assured that you will be able to sign in to the Jambool merchant console through September 2011, and you will receive year-end financial statements in February 2012.
Second, we’d like to invite you to participate in the pre-release beta of the Google in-app payment system. This system will enable developers to accept payments within an app, but it will not have the full functionality of Social Gold at launch. We understand that this will not meet the needs of all developers currently using Social Gold, but we highly encourage interested developers to join the Google
in-app payments beta by submitting your information at http://google.com/checkout/inapp.
Update: Google I/O will be held on May 10 and 11. It would make sense for the company to announce the new product at the developer event.
In a recent blog post, Jambool specified that its Social Gold product will function through May 31, 2011, after which all payment processing will be discontinued:
We are hard at work developing a web-based, in-app payments solution that combines the simplicity of the Jambool API with the power of the Google Checkout and Google accounts infrastructure. We’re very excited about the ease of use of the new system, with features such as one-click purchasing.
While this work is underway, we made the difficult decision to close new signups to the Social Gold platform today and will discontinue all payment processing on May 31, 2011. Existing developers will be able to continue processing payments through Social Gold until the end of May and log in to the Social Gold merchant console through September.
The Google in-app payments system will enable developers to easily accept payments within an app. This is the first version, and we will focus our investment in this API moving forward. Developers should expect the same innovation, and more, from us on this new platform.