Google adds in-app purchase password options

Keeping in view the recent events about accidental in-app purchases by kids, Google is all set to push out a new update to its Google Play Store application that will allow users to choose if they want to retain the 30-minute restriction-free purchase window that is opened after purchasing an app. Google update will also allow users to configure the Play Store to ask for a password every time an in-app purchase is requested.


The Search giant has included a "Never" ask for password option too. According to AndroidPolice, the new version 4.6.16 will also bring other updates such as the ability to mass install apps, a new slideout navigator drawer for Settings and Help menus, among other things.


Last week, Ilana Imber-Gluck, mother of a 5-year old son who made in-app purchases worth $65.95 had sued Google in a northern California court on behalf of herself and several other parents in a similar situation.


Apple was recently asked to refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents’ permission while playing on mobile apps. The Federal Trade Commission said Apple will make full refunds for any such in-app purchases made by kids using mobile phones and other devices, and incurring charges by accident or without parents’ permission. Apple was also asked to change its billing practices to make it more obvious that an actual purchase is taking place during the course of the game or app.

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