Android is easily the most popular mobile operating system on the planet with over 2.5 billion users.

The software receives new updates and security patches with regularity.

Every year though Google releases a new, numbered, iteration of the software that introduces a cavalcade of new features.

This year the Mountain View firm will release Android Q – the successor to Android 9 Pie that introduces tons of new functionality.

Android Q changes how gesture navigation works, introduces a system-wide dark mode and alters a number of other fundamental features such as notifications and permissions.

However, it seems Android Q may not be the only big change Google is currently working on.

Android Police recently received screenshots from a reader for a new service called “Play Pass” that was described to work in a very similar manner to Apple Arcade.

Essentially, it was stated that, for a monthly fee, users could be granted access to “hundreds of premium apps and games, with no ads or in-app purchases”.

An information page showcased by the outlet read: “Explore a curated catalog spanning puzzle games to premium music apps and everything in between.

“From acton hits to puzzles and fitness tracks, with Google Play Pass you unlock access to hundreds of premium apps and games without ads, download fees or in-app purchases.”

The service was noted to cost $4.99 (£4.11) per month.

Just like Apple Arcade, the Play Pass appears to offer users a catalogue of games and other apps for a monthly fee, rather than requiring them to purchase a programme outright or make transactions within one.

Apple Arcade was announced back in March – the new service is anticipated to launch later this year.

After it received screenshots of the signup page for the Play Pass, Android Police asked Google if it was testing the service.

In response, a company spokesperson confirmed it in indeed trailing the initiative.

It is currently unclear if or when Play Pass will arrive in a final capacity.