Google have released an extension to its already well-used in-app purchasing system for Android apps which allows for recurring subscriptions. This is great for providing a smooth experience to subscription-based applications such as cloud services or whatever.
However, Google seem to have (as usual) half-done this with no system for Apps to actually cancel subscriptions themselves, instead the developer just has to direct users to the Google Play app and cancel there.
But they have improved things with an actual API for websites to use (so you can automatically remove content when users cancel) which I hope Google expand to all in-app purchases, as many well known-developers said they need.
Glu Mobile are already on-board with their CEO, Niccolo de Masi saying
“We’re using Google Play subscriptions to offer consumers a compelling value and a single currency which they can use across Glu’s most popular titles. We’re excited to bring these capabilities to our Android users and we believe that Google Play subscriptions will fuel further growth in our business.”
Any developers wanting to get straight on-board, head to the Android Dev site