Google is set to allow UK based users buy content with Google Play Store gift cards, after details of their impending release leaked out ahead of schedule.
Google launched Play Store Gift Cards in the US in August 2012, allowing users to buy content for Android smartphones and Tables. The vouchers are an ideal solution for those who do not have access to a credit or debit card, allowing them to buy paid for apps, books, films, TV shows and so on.
The cards will be available in various denominations like the US cards, with values of £10, £25 and £50 to start off with.
When purchased, the cards will contain a single use code, which is then redeemed for the appropriate amount of Play Store credit, and added to the users account, which can be added in advance, or at the time of a first purchase during the checkout procedure. Any balance left over is carried forward to the next purchase.
The vouchers can be used to buy anything in the Google Play Store, apart from devices and accessories. Currently it is only possible to purchase Google Play credit online for your own account. There's no way of adding credit to another users account other than buying the physical Play Store vouchers in a retail outlet.
There's no confirmed date for the release of the vouchers in the UK, but with the updated Google Play Store Support pages showing them as available with UK values, it shouldn't be too long.