PayPal Widens Device Fingerprint Support via Update

PayPal Widens Device Fingerprint Support via Update

Aug 29, 2016

PayPal’s current update is making the mobile payment application more functional.

It’s increasing the number of fingerprint devices it works with, and more. Per the Play Store:

WHAT’S NEW

-Fingerprint login supported for more phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P (Android Marshmallow and above)
-Sleeker send and request money experience with animated transitions
-Performance improvements

PayPal remains free on Google Play

PayPal for Android Gets an Update

PayPal for Android Gets an Update

Jul 6, 2016

PayPal’s Android application is getting an update that makes the app even more functional; now, users can do a few more things formerly only available on the website.

WHAT’S NEW

• Support your favorite cause. Donate to thousands of charities right from your app (U.S. only)
• Link your bank and use it to send money to friends and family. If they’re in the U.S., too, it’s free!
• Not using one of your cards? Now it’s easier to remove it from your account
• We’re fixing bugs whenever we find them. If you see any, let us know

The app remains free on Google Play.

PayPal App for Android gets a host of new features

PayPal App for Android gets a host of new features

Apr 7, 2016

Financial service PayPal continuing its deliberate expansion into mobility with a turgid update that brings some interesting new features.

Notable is the ability to now add cash to one’s PayPal account by making use of specific pharmacy cash registers, the ability to take screenshots of receipts and being able to invoke PayPal pay options from tapping an email.

Per Google Play:

Now you can:
· Add cash to your PayPal balance. Go to select CVS or Rite Aid locations, open your PayPal app, and scan a barcode at the register. Give the cashier your cash and it gets sent to your balance (U.S. only)
· Our updated widget gives you fast access to the top features…right from your phone’s home screen.
· Take screenshots of your receipts.
· Update your expired cards.
· Turn off Notification sounds.
· Tap on a friend’s email and go right to the PayPal app so you can send them money.

PayPal remains free on Google Play.

Google Play Now Supports PayPal for Buying Apps and Other Content

Google Play Now Supports PayPal for Buying Apps and Other Content

May 15, 2014

Google Play has introduced an interesting new way to pay for apps and content: PayPal. While PayPal is certainly a very established payment processor, Google is essentially a competitor in the payment processing arena with Google Wallet and Google Payments, but this may be a move to open the store up to more international markets, according to Android Community. No matter the reason, more payment processing options is more convenient for users.

Free App Recap December 11 – Finance Apps

Free App Recap December 11 – Finance Apps

Dec 11, 2012

Money is a hard thing for most people to get a handle on. Many times people don’t realize they have more money going out than money coming in. This makes it difficult to see where the holes are. It may just seem like there’s never any money in the checking account, let alone having extra money to save. In this week’s Free App Recap, we’re talking about three different finance applications that may help get a better handle on the money situation.

Bloomberg for Smartphone

Bloomberg is one of the most well-respected companies out there when it comes to the financial markets. Having the application quickly accessible on an Android device to make it easier to research a potential stock purchase. Being able to see important business trends but easy-to-read chart makes it easier to get information instead of needing to pine over spreadsheet data.

Download Bloomberg for Smartphone

PayPal

PayPal is one of those must-have apps for a lot of people. For anyone buying and selling anything, having a PayPal account is almost mandatory. For someone like myself who works for different websites all over the world, PayPal is the default payment method. Using the PayPal app for Android makes it easy to check current balances, send money and request money.

Download PayPal

Mint.com Personal Finance

Mint is such a great personal finance app for tracking spending. Because most people use credit cards, debit cards and other accounts that can be monitored digitally, Mint will take a lot of the work out of monitoring everyday finances. Mint connects to each account and checks for new transactions daily , then graphs and categorizes everything to make it easy to see where all the money is going.

Download Mint.com Personal Finance

Amazon Launches In-App Purchase Mechanism for Amazon Appstore Apps

Amazon Launches In-App Purchase Mechanism for Amazon Appstore Apps

Apr 11, 2012

While it was announced a while ago, the Amazon Appstore API for in-app purchases is finally live. This is a major milestone for Amazon’s store, as free-to-play games have previously had to use third-party payment processors in order to generate the kind of revenue that is driving mobile games as of late.

While revenues have been coming at better rates on the Amazon Appstore than on Google Play, the latter has offered IAP systems where the former did not. The real strength that Amazon’s IAP system will provide is the ability to one-click purchase content with Amazon accounts, which many users have accounts for – with credit cards on file. So if Amazon is empowering increased spending from users just by buying apps, and if now they’re enabling the revenue driver in mobile apps, then it could make the Amazon Appstore even more powerful of a market for selling Android apps than Google’s own.

There’s already evidence of this working – Storm8 saw a 1000% increase in sales when they were taking part in the beta of the API. Even if it doesn’t have the same impact for Amazon Appstore apps at large, it could still be huge for developers on that store. While total numbers are unknown, Amazon had 80 million customers monthly (as of 2010) compared to iTunes’ 210 million+.

Google might need to watch their back, or figure out just what Amazon is doing to improve their margins, if it is just a matter of having payment information on file. While they may want to push their own Google Wallet, there’s increasing evidence that not having as much payment information on file as their competitors at Apple and even Amazon (who are co-opting their own OS, remember) is a weakness to developers on the service. Partnering with PayPal, who may be running behind Apple nad Amazon but are still a massive payment processor, may help with this increasing divide.

Or maybe it’s not a matter of having credit cards on file. Maybe the structure of Apple and Amazon’s stores are what is making it easier to discover apps, or the Kindle Fire is going a long way toward improving Amazon’s margins. But Google needs to find something in order to make their market more friendly to developers and prospective customers.

PayPal X Developer Challenge to Award Money to Developers Who Use PayPal Purchases in Their Apps

PayPal X Developer Challenge to Award Money to Developers Who Use PayPal Purchases in Their Apps

Apr 15, 2011

The Android Market may have recently added in-app purchases for Market applications, so one would think this would mean the end of alternative services, right? Wrong! Paypal wants developers to use their own PayPal payment services in their Android apps, and they’re putting their money where their mouth is – and it’s a lot of money.

The PayPal X Developer Challenge for Android is a contest where developers have to implement secure payments through PayPal in their app, using some method that will impress Paypal’s x.com team – preferably in some innovative or nontraditional way. Interested developers must submit for approval by May 14th, with final changes to the app able to be made to June 3rd (and the app live on some app marketplace by June 7th). Afterwards, the judges will select their Semi-Finalist apps. Then, they will appoint a panel of judges consisting of top PayPal customers to determine the first, second, and third prize winners. Now, here’s why developers may want to consider entering this contest – the prizes for first, second, and third places are $25,000, $15,000, and $10,000 respectively.

However, I am skeptical if this is a good thing – if the Market still didn’t have in-app purchases, I would be behind this or any other effort to implement in-app purchases on Android entirely. However, now that it does, it seems superfluous. And, as I’ve said about the Amazon Appstore, you only foster user confusion and further fragmentation of the Android Market – and really, do we need more of that? The problem seems quite like big shots like Amazon and PayPal see the fact that they can launch products on Android as a reason that they should do so, although there’s very little good that could come out of trying to reach out for people’s wallets. However, much like Amazon, PayPal seems to be willing to put some force behind their efforts – and lucrative contests like this could be an influence on the battle for the wallets of Android users. As well, maybe I’m wrong – maybe competition is a good thing, and a service like this that is independent of any kind of app store is ultimately better policy for developers and app users? Time, and possibly even the results of this contest, will tell.