August 16, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
Based on a recent tear down of the new Google Play Store version as well as a leaked image, it appears gift cards are on the horizon for Google Play customers. In the next several weeks, Google will officially announce this information, but essentially customers can purchase gift cards and give them to friends and family.
First, Android Police did a great job in analyzing the differences in code between the latest update and previous versions to find out that gift cards were indeed in play. Feel free to take a look at the image above to see how the gift card screen will most likely render in Google Play.
Secondly, AndroidCentral received an image of a physical $25 gift card and a $10 gift card, leading many to believe the two iterations of gift cards are $25 and $10. It looks like Google will begin selling them in third party retailers such as Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Amazon, etc. It’s going to be a great day when I see a Google Play branded gift card standing next to an iTunes one.
As of now, none of this information has been confirmed by Google, but the evidence in favor of gift cards is overwhelming. I hope we see an official announcement in the next couple of weeks.