Google’s Android platform manager Eric Chu had a chance to chat with the folks at the Inside Social Apps conference on Tuesday and made it very clear that they are not satisfied right now with the performance of the paid app market on Android. In fact, he even rattled off a list of changes that will take place over the next few months to help developers succeed on this platform. While they are activating hundreds of thousands of phones each day, they want this platform to succeed in other key areas, most importantly, through a market.
- The list topper and one that we’ll likely see very soon is an in-app payment system which means that developers will be able to include add-ons to their apps that users can purchase. Not only will this help increase revenues for the devs, but it’s also a way to bring additional features to users who need some new spice in their applications.
- The second step will be to offer carrier billing to more than just AT&T. The plan is to give users the opportunity to add application charges straight to their bill, which in theory, increases app purchases. This method is apparently very expensive and time consuming, but Chu made it clear that they are working on it.
- There is a team at Google dedicated to making apps easier to find. They are also in charge of weeding out the bad apps, but moving the best stuff forward will likely help out the entire market. We all know how difficult it can be to find new and useful apps, so this is great news for everyone.
Here’s to hoping that these changes are almost ready to go. We’ve seen a nice spike in quality apps over the last couple of months, but we also want the developers behind these apps to feel welcomed and to be rewarded for their outstanding work.
And on a now-related note, a VP of mobile at Paypal has decided to brings his talents to the Google side of the world. His role with Paypal was to help bring them up to speed on all things mobile, so he seems like a great choice to help lead a new payment system for our favorite mobile OS. This could mean that an option to buy apps using Paypal is out, but we’d rather have a native Google option anyway, right?
Via: Forbes, GigaOM
According to PayPal, Google has already announced support for their payment system into Android and they wanted to make sure you all knew about it through their blog. Well, for a few minutes anyway. The post which went up yesterday was pulled, but not fast enough as Google Cache continues to work wonders after all these years and still displays the little gaffe of a post.
We’re not surprised at the arrival nor are we at the mis-posting of another article on another tech site. And no, Google has not actually announced PayPal as a payment option yet, but we figure that it’s coming any day now.
The rumors of PayPal coming to Android as a payment option started getting heavy at the beginning of the month with the most recent word suggesting that it would go live after their developer conference this week in San Francisco. How close are we to that happening? Really close if you take the screenshot above to mean what we think it means. (more…)
Has the time finally come? Will we be able to make app purchases in the Android Market using PayPal? According to The Street, Google and PayPal have agreed on a deal to bring the payment option to the app market as early as late October. Rumors suggest that during the PayPal Developers Conference on October 27th, the two will come together and make the announcement.
If there is a short list of Android annoyances, the checkout process for the market is developer on it. How big of announcement would this be?
Via: The Street
We’ve been waiting on PayPal’s “bump” technology to hit Android for a few months now and as of yesterday, it was made official. Get ready to split that Vegas club bill with your pal Tony by performing a solid broseph fist bump. Just don’t forget to blow it up afterwards…
Just like our PayPal Mobile app on the i*hone, the new Android app features bump technology – allowing you to simply tap two phones together to send money. Split the check is another great feature, which lets you automatically calculate the total cost of a bill and then collect money directly from friends when out to dinner. We hope these new features make it even easier to get paid back on the spot the next time you’re stuck picking up the tab.
Now to only get all of our friends into using PayPal. Life is tough.
Source: PayPal Blog
Via: MobileCrunch, Phandroid
The option to purchase Android Market goods using your Paypal account took a step closer yesterday in an announcement from the Paypal team. The Mobile Payments Library was made available to Android developers, allowing new apps to include the option to checkout using Paypal…
We know you want a quick and easy way to integrate payments into the Android apps you’re building, and we’re pleased to announce that our Mobile Payments Library is now available for the Android.
The Mobile Payments Library allows you to add checkout functionality for donations, personal payments, physical goods and services sold through apps on the Android phone without having to worry about keeping customers’ personal financial information secure.
There are people on both sides of Team Paypal, but let me just say that while you may not all be huge fans of their services, at least we’ll now have options.
Oh, and I officially love Google I/O.
Source: Paypal Blog
PayPal recently announced that they have an Android application in the works and will include their sweet little “bump” feature which allows you to transfer money between PayPal accounts and smartphones with a little tap. While this thing isn’t slated to release tomorrow, they did put a “two to three month” deadline on it…
“Bumping” money transfers is a practical and convenient way to settle a bill, but right now the service is limited to iPhone users. For PayPal 2.0 to really become indispensable, users need to tap out transfers from any device. During our chat with PayPal at CTIA 2010 here in Las Vegas, we learned that updates to the Android and BlackBerry app are planned for the next two or three months.
It might seem a little odd that this announcement brings so much joy into my life, but I’m an internet guy, and internet guys use PayPal for just about everything. Who’s with me?