The Android developer blog just announced some good news about Version 3 of in-app purchasing. Now this is some nerd stuff that has to do with a bunch of coding normal folks like us can’t comprehend. These improvements to the Play Store include the following:
- Streamlined code. Google says what used to take several hundred lines of code can be done in as few as 50 now.
- A more robust architecture.
- Local caching, so API calls happen faster. That means part of the legwork is being done on your phone, without the need to call into Google Play.
- And “the ability to consume managed purchases and query for product information.”
Google says Version 3 will work on Android 2.2 and up, which means just about every Android user should get the backend improvements to the in-app purchasing within the Play Store.