Oct 06 AT 12:35 PM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

Google checks out Paypal for Android Market payments

Paypal should become a payment option in the Android Market later this month, according to a report from TheStreet. Sources familiar with the situation say the deal is already done and Paypal will announce it at their annual developers conference on October 26th.

A host of new countries just gained access to paid apps on the Android Market, but more payment options are always welcome. Paypal offers a network of over 190 countries and regions compared to the 29 that Google supports.

Now that Paypal will offer a seamless checkout system for the Android Market is anyone out there ready to buy their first app?

Source: TheStreet

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  • http://Website coolbho3k
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    Does this mean people in 190 countries will be able to buy apps in android market? I don’t think so.

  • http://www.droidgamers.com ExtremeT

    As long as all the countries with Android devices in that 190 can actually see the paid applications and games then it’ll be a good thing.

    Hell this should have been in place ages ago anyways.

  • http://tech.shantanugoel.com/ Shantanu

    Good news. It’d be better for me than sharing my cc info and will also save me forex conversion charges atleast for US apps as I have a paypal account with USD as currency :)

    • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

      This is the reason why I don’t buy apps in the market. I tried to get a game for $3.99 and my payment was held due to fraud risks by my bank. On top of that they love to charge £5-10 “handling” fees for payments not in sterling.
      Whereas PayPal will just convert the value to pounds for me, and take it out of my UK balance if I still have credit left.

      • http://Website ben

        Really? I pay for apps in other currencies all the time and have never had additional fees or hold ups!

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    Would that mean that Developers have to sign up for PayPal as well, or would that happen through Google?

    • http://www.droidgamers.com ExtremeT

      I could be way off but I think it could/should have a way of syncing using your gmail address to avoid that sort of problem

  • http://Website watbetch

    I’m glad I can bill directly to my T-Mobile bill so I don’t have to deal with thieves AKA Paypal

  • http://Website 0M3RTA
  • http://Website kat

    This is exciting! I have been wanting to be an app, but I always get an error in Google Checkout. Hopefully this will solve that issue.

  • http://Website lolobabes

    now youre talking! this is good for someone like me from the Philippines…..

  • http://Website Ben

    As a Norway resident I hope that this will fix the issue with already purchased apps not showing as installed in Market.
    For instance, I purchased Tasker a while ago but paid apps in Norwegian Market only showed up a few days ago, thus Tasker cannot be updated through Market without paying for it again.
    Of course, I can just chack for updates in Tasker but this is not the only paid app I have installed and I find this issue quite annoying…

    • http://www.yoki.org Franklin

      How did you pay for those apps then? Didn’t you use your regular Gmail account?

  • http://Website Alan

    Hmm – not sure this will be good for me. Perhaps I’m just being cynical, but I suspect Paypal will take great delight in ‘helpfully’ converting all my € and $ purchases into £ at some silly exchange rate, when I currenlty just pay for them directly in their native currency using my credit card (that doesn’t levy any exchange fees!).

  • http://Website Simone

    Using Paypal will only be a way to increase fees: we will have to pay both Paypal and Google plus currency conversion rates, etc. etc. Either the price of all the apps will increase or developers will get less money.

  1. coolbho3kGuest 5 years ago
  2. Does this mean people in 190 countries will be able to buy apps in android market? I don’t think so.

  3. ExtremeTGuest 5 years ago

    As long as all the countries with Android devices in that 190 can actually see the paid applications and games then it’ll be a good thing.

    Hell this should have been in place ages ago anyways.

  4. ShantanuGuest 5 years ago

    Good news. It’d be better for me than sharing my cc info and will also save me forex conversion charges atleast for US apps as I have a paypal account with USD as currency :)

    • arteseaGuest 5 years ago

      This is the reason why I don’t buy apps in the market. I tried to get a game for $3.99 and my payment was held due to fraud risks by my bank. On top of that they love to charge £5-10 “handling” fees for payments not in sterling.
      Whereas PayPal will just convert the value to pounds for me, and take it out of my UK balance if I still have credit left.

      • benGuest 5 years ago

        Really? I pay for apps in other currencies all the time and have never had additional fees or hold ups!

  5. Would that mean that Developers have to sign up for PayPal as well, or would that happen through Google?

    • ExtremeTGuest 5 years ago

      I could be way off but I think it could/should have a way of syncing using your gmail address to avoid that sort of problem

  6. watbetchGuest 5 years ago

    I’m glad I can bill directly to my T-Mobile bill so I don’t have to deal with thieves AKA Paypal

  7. 0M3RTAGuest 5 years ago

    Awesome!

  8. katGuest 5 years ago

    This is exciting! I have been wanting to be an app, but I always get an error in Google Checkout. Hopefully this will solve that issue.

  9. lolobabesGuest 5 years ago

    now youre talking! this is good for someone like me from the Philippines…..

  10. BenGuest 5 years ago

    As a Norway resident I hope that this will fix the issue with already purchased apps not showing as installed in Market.
    For instance, I purchased Tasker a while ago but paid apps in Norwegian Market only showed up a few days ago, thus Tasker cannot be updated through Market without paying for it again.
    Of course, I can just chack for updates in Tasker but this is not the only paid app I have installed and I find this issue quite annoying…

  11. AlanGuest 5 years ago

    Hmm – not sure this will be good for me. Perhaps I’m just being cynical, but I suspect Paypal will take great delight in ‘helpfully’ converting all my € and $ purchases into £ at some silly exchange rate, when I currenlty just pay for them directly in their native currency using my credit card (that doesn’t levy any exchange fees!).

  12. SimoneGuest 5 years ago

    Using Paypal will only be a way to increase fees: we will have to pay both Paypal and Google plus currency conversion rates, etc. etc. Either the price of all the apps will increase or developers will get less money.