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://droidandroidgames.com/ AndroidGames

    Does this mean people in 190 countries will be able to buy apps in android market? I don’t think so.

    • fatspirit

      From android market? No. From app’s authors – maybe.

  • 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.

    • fatspirit

      Paypal could make some market proxy (:

  • 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

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  • 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.