Paying for applications and other items on your Android handset could soon become a lot easier. PayPal is rumored to be in talks with Google as the two arrange a system of payments for applications. This is good news for developers as it gives them a new method of payment, and perhaps Android users may be more inclined to purchase apps with the convenience of PayPal since there are more PayPal users than Google Checkout customers (the latter being the current method of payment for applications).
According to Bloomberg:
Users of Android phones, such as Motorola Inc.’s Droid X and HTC Corp.’s Droid Incredible, may be able to pay for apps with PayPal as soon as this year, said the people, who declined to be named because the discussions aren’t public. Customers currently pay via credit card and Google’s Checkout service.
This could bring Android closer to the likes of what Apple is seeing with app purchases through the iTunes store. Many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users have had existing iTunes accounts which they now use to purchase apps along with music, TV shows and movies. Not many have been using Google Checkout outside of some retail outlets online.
As an Android user, I’d certainly be more inclined to buy apps from the Android Market if PayPal was a payment option. Make it a one-click feature and perhaps I’ll even go nuts loading my EVO 4G with new applications.
Would you be more likely to purchase apps from the Android Market included PayPal payments? Are you happy with Google Checkout now?