Those who are crazy about creating android apps must have heard about the term Google Play developer console account. It is the place where you can manage and publish android apps that are to be uploaded to the Google Play Store. With this Developer console platform, you can easily manage your android apps, build pages for your apps, manage the price for your apps, categorize them and distribute them.
Right from the publisher account [developer console] you can easily upload a run ready application just like you upload a video on YouTube. The android package that you had created via Android Studio or Eclipse can be directly uploaded to play store. If the app is uploaded and not being published, it will stay in the draft area. Once you publish the app, it will start showing to the users all over the world within hours. After publishing your app, you can modify/update it if changes are required. You can easily change the price, change its distribution options, without a programming knowledge.
Once you add some extra features to your app, you can easily update it via developer console. Once you made such changes, people using your application will be notified automatically. So they could get a real time knowledge about your app and they will update it accordingly. There is another option to un publish your app. If you found any issues with the current release, you can withdraw it easily. This block users to download your app.
Since people started migrate from Symbian devices to android device, they began a tight competition in this field. Not only for the hardware part but also for the software field also. New apps, games, Music, movies etc start releasing in the play store.
Google ask Credit card for creating console account
Credit card is not a big issue for developers from countries such as United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom etc. But it is a big issue for android developers from developing countries like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh etc. In these countries, most android developers are aged between 20-25. For taking a credit card without deposit amount, they ask for a lot of documents which will be difficult for the people/students from 21-25 age. Then the next option to take credit card is by providing a bank guarantee. But it requires a huge deposit for taking credit cards in India. Almost all new generation banks will ask for a minimum deposit of Rs 25,000 for providing a Credit Card. This will also a tough choice for people below 25 year old.
Will Virtual Credit Card Like Entropay Works for Google Play developer console account?
No. I have personal experience in this case. I have tried my Virtual Credit Card from Entropay for paying $25 to Google play Console. But it shows “Your credit card was Declined” Error message. Here is the screenshot when Google Declined my Virtual Credit Card.
Not only Virtual Credit cards but also a list of payment options are mentioned in Google support page which are not accepted by Google. It includes Wire Transfer, Moneygram, Western union, bank Transfer, Any escrow type of payment etc. Go and read more details about payment.
Then How to get Developer Console account without Credit Card?
During the payment, Google Shows Debit/Credit Card as a payment option. But Normally your Debit card won’t work. While adding your normal debit card, it also shows “Your credit card was Declined” Error message.
But this will work with the debit cards of new generation banks like ICICI bank, HDFC bank, etc. I had registered one developer console account using ICICI banks debit card. But you should check some facts before going to take a new bank account. Normal debit cards offered by these banks won’t work with Developer console account. For that, you should ask for EMV card which supports international transaction and offers more daily limits. [EMV cards are also called as smart card in which the information are stored on the IC chip instead of the magnetic strip. This is to provide more security for your card.]
For ICICI bank, they ask me to deposit a fixed amount of Rs 10,000 to get this EMV card. I don’t know how much it cost for other banks. Also there will be a yearly due of Rs 500 for this EMV card offered by ICICI Bank. One more thing you should remember that, Not all EMV cards were supported in Google Developer Console. For example Federal bank offers EMV card for free. But this card will reject by Google once you add for the payment of developer console. So what are you waiting for? Go and get a new gen bank account and an EMV card for your dream project.
We are waiting for your response in this issue. If you face any issue for adding debit cards, please comment below. It will be very useful for readers reading this. Also if any other method works for getting developer account, please mention it below.