PayPal, flushed from the success of a logo redesign a few weeks back is now, no doubt, celebrating as Google allows customers to use the service to buy products from its Play Store.
The decision marks a complete change for Google, which up until now required that you register a credit card with its own service to pay for purchases. Support for PayPal has been added in a total of 12 countries, the UK is one, obviously the US is another and the others are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands and Spain.
What’s also interesting is the change marks a new system with Google’s Play Store which is also introducing carrier billing. This would allow you to avoid using banks at all, and simply have purchases added to your phone bill. It’s something that has been talked about for many years, but has not yet become a reality, at last in the UK.
Google also announced that sales on the Play store have increased by some 300 per cent too, which perhaps marks the end of the Android users reluctance to spend money on apps. Google also says that two thirds of all purchases from Play come from outside the US.
We tried to test the PayPal payment, but the option is not available for us yet, either via the web or on our Android phone.