Google Play Customers Can Now Buy Using PayPal
Google Play will now accept PayPal payments from users for apps and digital content, but not for physical goods. Other payment options are also being expanded.Google Play customers who want to buy apps and digital content through the online store can now use PayPal to pay for their online purchases, giving them yet another option for faster, easier payments for the content they want to get onto their devices. The new PayPal payment option was announced by Ibrahim Elbouchikhi, the Google Play product manager, in a May 15 post on the Android Developers Blog. The PayPal option cannot be used to buy physical merchandise through the Play store, according to the post. "Sales of apps and games on Google Play are up by more than 300 percent over the past year," wrote Elbouchikhi. "And today, two-thirds of Google Play purchases happen outside of the United States, with international sales continuing to climb. We're hoping to fuel this momentum by making Google Play payments easier and more convenient for people around the world." That's where the PayPal support comes in, he wrote. The new capability will only be available to customers in 12 countries to start, and it will supplement other existing options, including credit card and debit card payments. The countries where the PayPal service is being implemented are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States and the United Kingdom, according to Google.
"When you make a purchase on Google Play in these countries, you'll find PayPal as an option in your Google Wallet; just enter your PayPal account login and you'll easily be able to make purchases," wrote Elbouchikhi. "Our goal is to provide users with a frictionless payment experience, and this new integration is another example of how we work with partners from across the payments industry to deliver this to the user."