A new Google Play Store update is going to make it both harder and easier to make in-app purchases, depending on your personal preference.
Until now, Google's typical policy was to require a password for in-app purchases on Android devices every 30 minutes—a handy policy that bridged the gap between letting purchases be wide open and an overly restrictive password requirement for every single Mighty Eagle buy.
But that less restrictive policy recently landed Google in trouble. On Monday, two law firms filed a class action suit against Google on behalf of U.S. parents over its in-app purchase policy. The suit complains that minors can freely make purchases during the 30-minute window, unbeknownst to their parents.
Apple also recently faced a class action suit over in-app purchases.
It's not clear if Google is making the policy changes to the Play Store in response to the lawsuit. Google had not responded to a request for comment at this writing.
Play Store version 4.6.16 is rolling out now and offers three different password options for authorizing in-app purchases, as shown at the top of this page. You can choose to require a password for every in-app purchase, every 30 minutes (the current standard), or never ask for a password.
By default, the Play Store keeps the 30 minute default and changing the setting requires you to re-enter your password.
The new Play Store app also adds a new entry in an app's permissions window when you update or install a new app. The entry simply notifies users that the app they are about to install offers in-app purchases.
Beyond focusing on in-app purchases, the new Play Store update moves the Settings and Help menu options to the slide-out navigation drawer. With this new version you can also check to see if there's a Play Store update by tapping the app's build version in the settings.
[Via Android Police]