Google is in talks with PayPal to offer the e-commerce platform as an option for purchasing applications through the Android Market. This would provide another way for application developers to get paid.
Google is reportedly in talks with PayPal to offer the e-commerce payment
platform as an option for purchasing applications through the Android Market.
PayPal, the popular payment service that sports 87 million accounts, would
join Google Checkout and credit cards as payment options in the Android Market,
which offers applications for smartphones based on Google's Android mobile
This would make application payment much more attractive to owners of such
Android smartphones as the Motorola Droid lineup from Verizon Wireless, as well
as the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint and the Google
Nexus One gadget.
the news Aug. 13, citing three anonymous sources
familiar with the negotiations who said the pact could go into effect this
Google declined to comment on this report August 15.
That Google would partner with leading e-commerce payment provider PayPal
makes complete sense. Google wants to more fully flesh out the Android Market,
which is still lacking in many ways compared with Apple's popular iPhone App
Anything that helps Android app developers get paid conveniently would be
welcome for Google. Google is currently building a mechanism
to allow consumers to purchase
applications from the Android Market and charge them to their wireless phone
While Android smartphones outshipped
those from RIM's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone for
the second quarter, the Android Market has only 70,000 apps, compared with the
roughly 230,000 apps in the App Store.
Jonathan Rosenberg, senior vice president of product management for Google,
went on record during Google's second-quarter earnings call saying
that Google was looking for a way to improve the
billing services in the Android Market.
For PayPal, the discussions come as the eBay property is creating a service
to let businesses collect micropayments online, according to the Associated Press
This would help online gaming and other social software providers that offer
virtual currency and virtual goods.