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Google One Pass lets content publishers offer simple subscription payments

Google, in a move that shatters any lingering questions about whether it has been building a digital newsstand for Android, has just announced One Pass. The new system aims to give publishers a simple way to let consumers pay for content and then access it across a number of different platforms, with Google Checkout providing the payment backend. We strongly suspect those might include native Android applications, Chrome Web Apps, and even Google TV apps.

The timing of the One Pass reveal certainly is interesting, what with Apple's recent announcement of a new system for in-app subscriptions on iOS. While we know Apple is taking a 30% cut, the Google One Pass FAQ doesn't specify any specific fees -- only that publishers are in full control over actual prices. One Pass is currently available to publishers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

If you're interested in learning how you can utilize One Pass with your content, head over to the official site for full details -- or you can check out the introduction video after the break.

Update: Huffington Post reports that publishers will keep 'in the range of 90%' of revenues from One Pass -- quite a nice bump from Apple's 70% offering.


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