Google is now making it easier for Android users to test a game out before committing to buy it by allowing them to stream a free trial of select titles.
While it's an inconvenience, when it comes to free games, users download titles only to delete them a few minutes later when they realize it's not for them. But if the user is shelling out money to download the game, they usually think twice about whether doing so is such a great decision.
To help users figure out if a game is for them or not, Google began allowing them to try out games inside ads back in December 2015. And now it's rolling out this ability more widely in the Google Play Store.
The Google Play Store is now letting Android users stream games for free for a period of 10 minutes before buying.
Users will be able to know if they can start streaming content from a specific game if the title features a "Try Now" button next to the "Buy" button. Tap on "Try Now" to start streaming for 10 minutes to get a better feel of the game and help you decide if it's worth purchasing and playing.
Users will be able to see how much time is left on their free game trial with the new floating window. While there is an unlimited number of times the user can take advantage of the free trial, they can't continue playing from the last point they left off after their 10 minutes is up and they use the free trial again.
There have been reports that the new feature is buggy and may crash. The 10-minute free trials are also only available for select games like Ticket to Ride and in select countries like the United States.
There is a good chance that Google will discuss this new Play Store feature during its Oct. 4 keynote press event where it will unveil the new Pixel and Pixel XL.
This new Play Store news come after reports surfaced that the cybersecurity researchers at Trend Micro have found more than 400 apps available in Google's app store that have Dresscode Trojan malware, which can be used to spy on users, download data and recruit other devices. Many of these are disguised as games such as a Grand Theft Auto mod for the Minecraft app.