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Gift cards for the Google Play Store have been a much-requested feature for the service, and now it seems Google may be preparing to launch them. The Play Store APK (application file) was recently updated to version 3.8.15.

After finding that the new version was a few kilobytes heavier, the guys at Android Police decided to decode the APK and start digging around, and they uncovered a wealth of evidence in support of the existence of Play gift cards.

The new APK apparently intercepts links to the URL play.google.com/redeem (currently inactive). There are also code references to activities in the app associated with redeeming gift codes, as well as new art assets for the pages where they’re to be used. And a couple of enterprising hackers even managed to tinker around and open up the hidden gift code redemption pages, as evidenced by the shots above.

So we think it’s pretty much guaranteed that Google will be introducing this feature at some point in the future, and given that most of the code to enable this is now on consumers’ devices, we hope it’ll be rolled out sooner rather than later.

Source: Android Police

 
There are 10 comments

chaosking123 says:

Finally! :D Can't wait for this to be rolled out. It'll make purchasing apps so much easier for a teenager such as myself. Good on you Google!

ghost010 says:

'Stil no books and movies for europe.. so we probably wont see this gift card stuf here.

mlgoon says:

What I'd like to see is the ability to gift apps to another user. Any chance that'll happen soon?

Hand_O_Death says:

Nice now give me a good audio book section and you will have a lot of my families money.

mccgator79 says:

Agree 100%

ksat says:

hmm... Upgraded my VZW GN to 3.8.15 and I still don't see the REDEEM or MY WISHLIST options. I only have 4 options - My Apps, Accounts, Settings, and Help.

I wonder if there is something else needed?

craigrn16 says:

Im having the same issues

kravex says:

You mean like decoding the APK file like it says in the article?

ksat says:

uuhh.. Yea! Exactly like that! That's what I get for posting a reply to an article that I read on a different blog. That article didn't make mention the "hidden" menu.

Bolt473 says:

Hooray! Also, a wishlist! Perfect.