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Play Store showing both original and sale prices for apps (Update: temporary free ban lifted?)

At least one paid app in Google Play has bypassed the ban on temporarily reducing a paid app to free. Google Play is also showing both original and discounted app prices.

Published onFebruary 11, 2017

Update: Google has historically maintained a weird rule that forbids developers from temporarily offering their apps for free and then returning them to their regular price, as both Amazon and Apple allow. But Google may have finally relented on this mandate, with Blaze and the Monster Machines currently featuring a 'free' tag. This may just be because it is Google's current educational app of the week but we'll be keeping an eye out for any further apps temporarily marked as free.

While there are plenty of great things about the Google Play store, it’s certainly not perfect. Thankfully Google continues to refine the store slowly but surely, adding little features along the way that make our mobile lives just that little bit easier. Case in point, it seems Google is now making it easier to see when a game is on sale.

As you might already know, this isn’t exactly new to the Play Store, as this feature has been available for a while for movies, books, and music. Interestingly enough, the games that are marked on sale so far seem to be only of a Batman-themed nature. This includes a few LEGO Batman titles as well as Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go!

Checking out other non-Batman-related titles that we know are on sale yields no similar sales tags just yet. This could likely have to do with the today’s arrival of the LEGO Batman Movie, though hopefully it comes to other games and apps in short order.

For those curious, these changes aren’t just for the Google Play app, but also seem to apply to the web listings via Chrome as well.

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