Google officially announced its highly rumored gift cards on Tuesday. The cards can soon be purchased for $10, $25 or $50 worth of credit toward the Google Play Store. You’ll be able to pick one up from local retailers, including RadioShack, Target and GameStop, but Google warns that they “may not have arrived yet, so please call ahead to check availability.” Once you’ve purchased a card, you can opt to use it for buying applications, music, movies, eBooks or TV shows using the credit – much like you can from Apple’s iTunes App store with an iTunes card.
Google said that you can use the cards to buy extra levels, virtual currency and add-on packs (in-game content), but that they can’t be used for magazine subscriptions, app subscriptions or toward hardware purchases. In other words, you can use a Google Play card for $50 off of a Nexus 7. That’s a bummer, but we’re still excited for the launch.