Android market will play nice with PayPal

One of the major gripes people have with the Android market is its insistence on using Google Checkout for paid transactions. Who wants yet another receptacle for your credit card information when there are already perfectly capable solutions out there that would suffice?

According to TechCrunch, Google feels your pain. They announced yesterday that PayPal, most people’s first choice for online money transfers, would be officially supported for transactions on the Android Market. The announcement didn’t come from Google, however. It came from a blog post on Paypal by developer network director Naveed Anwar. The post cited Google as announcing this from PayPal’s X Innovate 2010 tech conference, which starts today. The post was probably put up a little too early and the announcement is still likely to come to fruition at the conference today.

A deal between Google and PayPal (owned by Ebay) has been in the works for quite some time now, Bloomberg reported back in August that the two companies were in talks, and most analysts agree that partnering with PayPal would be a huge step forward for Google. If they plan to compete with the likes of iTunes, Google better make sure that its payment system is smooth as silk. Another driver for a deal is the possibility of Google rolling out a music store. Once again, if you’re going to compete with Apple on this one, you better have a solid transaction system to back it up. PayPal already has a history working with mobile app marketplaces and they make a natural business partner in that regard. 

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Looking towards of Yandex.Money support or better debt account with support of terminal payment systems. Google is announced launch of Android Market in Russia. But PayPal doesn't work here and credit cards are useless.

At least I can easily change my debit card information on Paypal... I haven't been able to purchase ANYTHING from the Android Marketplace since I've had to change my card details - seen as I get a failed authorisation for everything now, as it tried to obtain funds from a card number which doesn't work anymore. I go to change my debit card details, and I just get a 404 to every link which lets me change my details. It's ridiculous.

This is BAD news. PayPal are such a nasty company to deal with for chargebacks. I hope we are allowed an option to allow them or not through or developer accounts.

I love Google & Google checkout.

Avoid PayPal like the plague. I've seen PayPal freeze more funds & keep those funds, with no true reason. I've seen more people use scams with PayPal then anyone would imagine. It's like someone with a dark board making random choices, while blind folded.

I hate the eBay + PayPal monopoly they have going too.

Love Google Checkout & 2Checkout.

i hate paypal the amount of times they lied to me. I got ripped of a couple of times and wheres my buyer protection? Stupid idiots. never using thier stupid service again.

Soldiers33 said,
i hate paypal the amount of times they lied to me. I got ripped of a couple of times and wheres my buyer protection? Stupid idiots. never using thier stupid service again.

Honestly I have had very good buyer protection and I have had an incident where I had to file a dispute due to a seller dropping the ball. Suspended payment to the seller until they got their act straightened out which they did really fast after I did that. I suspect the seller was feeding me a line until the 30 day mark but by filing a dispute the 30day thing is suspended.

Never had a problem with Google Checkout or Paypal but the use of Paypal strikes me as a good idea purely because it is far better known.

James Riske said,
Google checkout and paypal need to be investigated for possible criminal activity.

If you have more to say on this i'd like to hear the evidence.

I prefer Google Checkout over PayPal, but that's personal preference. I do however applaud Google for opening up different avenue to pay for apps. Even if it does mean working with a competing product.

Remember when Google Checkout launched it was called a "PayPal Killer".

Singh400 said,
Remember when Google Checkout launched it was called a "PayPal Killer".

Until Google Checkout offers all of the same features as PayPal, there isn't a chance in hell of it ever "killing" PayPal.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
I haven't heard much, bascially nothing, about Google Checkout, but I have heard HORROR stories about Paypal.

Most of the horror stories about PayPal would be better used as horror stories about the internet in general. Every security breach (and these are the horror stories I usually hear) I've heard of has been a result of phishing scams and people who click links in random emails telling them to log into a fake PayPal site.

We try to teach people never to click links they get in an email, and shorteners make this lesson even more crucial. But the reality is, people will never learn, and the system will never improve because it's run by nerds, and nerds have this huge "stupid people deserve what they get" attitude.

Oh well. Fortunately we have businesses who approach things from a marketing perspective and will, through a desire to profit, eventually advance us away from the current system. That's the nice thing about the for-profit side of the tech industry: it actually improves the user experience.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
I haven't heard much, bascially nothing, about Google Checkout, but I have heard HORROR stories about Paypal.

Of course you have, but have you ever considered how few those horror stories are compared to the 87,000,000 users PayPal has worldwide? When ANY company has that many clients, they are going to have a certain percentage of people with one problem or another. I've been using PayPal for 10 years now, and only recently had a problem, which was actually a problem of communication between eBay's servers and PayPal's servers. I had a customer ask for a refund, and I sent it through PayPal. The problem was that they had filed an eBay dispute at the same time that I issued the refund through PayPal, but eBay wasn't registering that I had sent it at the time. eBay ended up giving the customer a second refund for the same item. Fortunately, after a couple of e-mails to their customer support, they reversed one of the refunds after a few days.

This is exactly what android needs, with more people available to buy the apps the market will be more enticing to developers. Everyone wins

I have used both for many years from the business side if you conduct your business properly and honestly and treat customers well these companies don't seem to give you an problems.

stevember said,
I have used both for many years from the business side if you conduct your business properly and honestly and treat customers well these companies don't seem to give you an problems.

What type of business are you in? Selling goods or services? Service side GC may be fine, but goods? Read what i replied above.. its also TERRIBLE that this far in the game Google Checkout STILL can't handle correctly managing shipping costs and 99.9% of the time falls back to default rates

I *HATE* Google checkout more than paypal. That should tell google something. HOw they managed to screw up their gateway & services more than PayPal is BEYOND ME. Google offers no phone support, no live people to talk to, decides things in a dark room without any concern and has more clout with the card companies that the President of the US himself. They love to chargeback even years into a purchase and will throw you at the credit collection agencies in a heart beat even if a fraudulent customer is "out to get you"..

stevember said,
Evidence?

I don't mean odd not happy blogger btw.

You need evidence that Google runs their checkout like a shady business? why not just google it Seriously. I was doing about 40,000 a month of sales and giving Google CO a large chunk of that until they decided to allow customer chargebacks beyond 30 day return policy and always sided with the customer in every case. Often requesting that we send prepaid shipping labels back to the customer to return a product they had no intention of ever returning. It happened MULTIPLE times. Any time PayPal found any "noise" of fraud they took care of it without question and NEVER questioned our 30 day return policy and the ONE time someone did try and scam me PayPal at least sent me the paperwork to dispute it. Paypal ALSO has a phone number you can call if you need help. Google doesn't. Google often takes 1-2 weeks to respond to customer inquiries with another update it will take another 2+ weeks. Google CO = FAIL

blahism said,

You need evidence that Google runs their checkout like a shady business? why not just google it Seriously. I was doing about 40,000 a month of sales and giving Google CO a large chunk of that until they decided to allow customer chargebacks beyond 30 day return policy and always sided with the customer in every case. Often requesting that we send prepaid shipping labels back to the customer to return a product they had no intention of ever returning. It happened MULTIPLE times. Any time PayPal found any "noise" of fraud they took care of it without question and NEVER questioned our 30 day return policy and the ONE time someone did try and scam me PayPal at least sent me the paperwork to dispute it. Paypal ALSO has a phone number you can call if you need help. Google doesn't. Google often takes 1-2 weeks to respond to customer inquiries with another update it will take another 2+ weeks. Google CO = FAIL

Someone needs a chill pill

Tjcrazy said,

Someone needs a chill pill

Well, if you lost about xx,xxx in chargebacks that were fraud wouldn't you share that experience? I'm pretty chill considering how bad google cocked up

blahism said,

You need evidence that Google runs their checkout like a shady business? why not just google it Seriously. I was doing about 40,000 a month of sales and giving Google CO a large chunk of that until they decided to allow customer chargebacks beyond 30 day return policy and always sided with the customer in every case. Often requesting that we send prepaid shipping labels back to the customer to return a product they had no intention of ever returning. It happened MULTIPLE times. Any time PayPal found any "noise" of fraud they took care of it without question and NEVER questioned our 30 day return policy and the ONE time someone did try and scam me PayPal at least sent me the paperwork to dispute it. Paypal ALSO has a phone number you can call if you need help. Google doesn't. Google often takes 1-2 weeks to respond to customer inquiries with another update it will take another 2+ weeks. Google CO = FAIL

Go customers! That should encourage more action on the part of the buyers

Tjcrazy said,

Someone needs a chill pill

If it was your livelihood i'm sure you'd be equally as unhappy. Maybe you should think about that before offering poorly thought out comments on this site yeah?

blahism said,

You need evidence that Google runs their checkout like a shady business? why not just google it Seriously. I was doing about 40,000 a month of sales and giving Google CO a large chunk of that until they decided to allow customer chargebacks beyond 30 day return policy and always sided with the customer in every case. Often requesting that we send prepaid shipping labels back to the customer to return a product they had no intention of ever returning. It happened MULTIPLE times. Any time PayPal found any "noise" of fraud they took care of it without question and NEVER questioned our 30 day return policy and the ONE time someone did try and scam me PayPal at least sent me the paperwork to dispute it. Paypal ALSO has a phone number you can call if you need help. Google doesn't. Google often takes 1-2 weeks to respond to customer inquiries with another update it will take another 2+ weeks. Google CO = FAIL

...you've obviously had a ridiculously luck experience with PayPal, because I sure as hell haven't, and as you said, all it takes is a quick Google search to see how badly PayPal has treated its customers.

LiquidSolstice said,

...you've obviously had a ridiculously luck experience with PayPal, because I sure as hell haven't, and as you said, all it takes is a quick Google search to see how badly PayPal has treated its customers.

PayPal is far from perfect. However PayPal knows how to answer a phone, follows merchant agreements to the T and offers & facilitates full chargeback reviews & issue escalation.