In May 2012, Google had announced a new ‘try before you buy’ offer for its Play Store apps. And now after five months since then, developers of Google Play apps have integrated this option into their apps. Developers have a choice to give its customers a subscription based apps to try it out for free before purchase.
In the past, if you wanted to subscribe to an app’s content on Android, it was imperative that you need to buy the subscription and only after that you were allowed to test the app.
This new addition will surely make customers happy but this facility will only be available on apps where developers are offering a free trial period.
To take the advantage of a free trial, a customer needs to purchase the full subscription through the standard in-app billing flow. In the developer console, there is a new option to set a free trial period that will allow the user to access subscription content before the billing goes effective.
During the trial period, the user is not charged any money. And, when the trail period ends, Google play will automatically bill the credit card that the user had provided during the initial purchase.
As far as our knowledge goes, simply uninstalling the app will end the subscription. But Google has not mentioned anything about this.