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Pebble smartwatch adds PayPal app support

Mobile payment systems finally appear to be taking off, and now the Pebble smartwatch is getting in on the act to give you another way to move your money around.

The popular wearable – which is compatible with both iOS and Android systems – has today added PayPal support for the first time.

As well as letting you make in-store payments direct from your wrist, the money management system allows users to check balances and receive payment notifications without ever needing to address their phones.

(pullquoe)At PayPal, we’re working to make shopping easy and seamless so that you are one step closer to walking nto a store and being able to place your order and pay without ever reaching into your pocket,” the company stated in an official blog post.

It added: “Today we’re sharing that the PayPal app is now available for Pebble. With the PayPal app, Pebblers are able to check-in to pay or pay with payment code at numerous retailers, restaurants and other local businesses accepting PayPal.”

The Pebble was one of the first mass-market smartwatches to grab consumers’ attentions following its crowd-funding success.

PayPal has long been a strong advocator of wearable payment support. With Google’s Android Wear system already offering a bespoke PayPal app, the service is also available across Samsung’s Tizen-based wearables, including the newly released Samsung Gear S.

Recent figures in the US showed mobile payment services had rocketed stateside following the introduction of Apple Pay back in September.

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