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Google now accepts Nigerian naira for payment on Play Store

Google now accepts Nigerian naira for payment on Play Store

Google has announced that Nigerians can now make payments on its Play Store using the local currency, the naira.

This was announced on Wednesday, following Google’s partnership with Verve, the largest domestic card scheme in Africa, to make digital transactions on Google Play Store easier and more accessible for Nigerians.

Google said Nigerians can use their Verve cards to make purchases on the Google Play Store, strengthening the digital ecosystem in the country.

Coming at a time banks in the country are struggling to meet forex demands from their customers to make international payments, the announcement comes as a relief for Nigerians buying apps from the Google Store.

Under this new arrangement, Google will process Verve transactions within Nigeria.

These will be undertaken in naira (NG) and treated as local transactions by the country’s banking institutions.

As a result, any Nigerian with an Android device and a Verve card now has a streamlined method for making purchases on the Google Play Store.

What do you know about Google Play Store?

Google Play Store is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. It serves as the official app store for certified devices running on the Android operating system and its derivatives, as well as ChromeOS, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google. Google Play has also served as a digital media store, offering games, music, books, movies, and television programs.

Content that has been purchased on Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Books can be accessed on a web browser and through the Android and iOS apps.

Applications are available through Google Play either for free or at a cost. They can be downloaded directly on an Android device through the proprietary Google Play Store mobile app or by deploying the application to a device from the Google Play website.

Applications utilizing the hardware capabilities of a device can be targeted at users of devices with specific hardware components, such as a motion sensor (for motion-dependent games) or a front-facing camera (for online video calling). The Google Play Store had over 82 billion app downloads in 2016 and over 3.5 million apps published in 2017, while after a purge of apps, it is back to over 3 million.

It has been the subject of multiple issues concerning security, in which malicious software has been approved and uploaded to the store and downloaded by users, with varying degrees of severity.

Google Play was launched on March 6, 2012, bringing together Android Market, Google Music, Google Movies, and the Google eBookstore under one brand, marking a shift in Google’s digital distribution strategy. Following their rebranding, Google has expanded the geographical support for each of the services.

Since 2018, Google has gradually sunsetted the Play brand: Play Newsstand was rebranded as Google News in 2018; Play Music was discontinued in favor of YouTube Music in 2020; and Play Movies & TV was rebranded as Google TV in 2021.

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