There’s only one app you can pre-register for right now, but the feature will now give you a little phone notification when said app is released.
If you’re just dying to play a new Android title, but it hasn’t been released yetand you worry that you’re going to forget about it over the next month or sothen Google has a bit of a solution. According to numerous reports, Google has now introduced a new “pre-register” system for apps in Google Play.
The setup is pretty easy. If there’s an app or a game that you’re interested in, but it’s not out yet, all you have to do is tap on the little “pre-register” button for supported titles in Google Play. Once the game or app comes out, your Android device will receive a little notification that the item you’re interested in is now available.
It’s important to note that the pre-registration system is just thata notification system. You’re not obligated to buy a particular app or game once it becomes available, nor are you committing to any kind of preorder. Google’s setup is just a handy way to ensure that you never miss out on something you hear about, but might forget by the time it actually comes out.
As for which apps get the fancy pre-registration treatment, we’re a bit unclear on that part. Right now, you can only pre-register for a single app on Google Playthe Terminator Genisys: Revolution game from Glu Mobile. Interestingly enough, there’s no word on the game’s Google Play page as to when it might be released. You’ll just have to trust that, at some point, you’ll get a little message on your device saying it’s time to download it.
More importantly, we don’t yet know how Google might roll out this treatment, if it’s planning to, for other applications. It’s unclear whether every app uploaded to Google Play be eligible for pre-release notifications, whether developers will have to do something in order to make their apps eligible, or whether Google itself is hand-picking apps for pre-release functionality or working out arrangements with specific developers behind the scenes (possibly as part of a larger promotional effort for said titles).