Native PayPal support coming to Android?

Rumors circulating the web over the weekend suggest payments platform PayPal could be working with Google in a bid to bring native support for payments over the service to Google's Android mobile operating system.

The deal -- which could see the integration of PayPal into Android natively available by the end of the year if it gets the go-ahead from both companies -- was first reported by Bloomberg, who say the talks between the companies are "continuing" and no deal has yet been struck.

Currently Android users are forced to utilize Google Checkout -- Google's own rival payments platform -- or a credit card to purchase applications on the Android Marketplace. If the rumored deal were to go ahead, it's believed users could also be able to natively make these purchases with their PayPal account funds instead.

While PayPal already offers an Android application available on the Android Marketplace, users cannot currently make Android application purchases through it or integrate it with Google Checkout.

PayPal support would allow developers to be paid from yet another source -- and could potentially allow Google to offer paid applications in more places around the globe, including Australia, where the company doesn't currently allow developers to submit paid apps.

Google and PayPal have so far refused to comment on the speculation.

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/siderant: I wish Amazon would accept PayPal now that their PayPal CC plug-in is coming to a close.

acnpt said,
That would be excellent.
Does anyone on Neowin use Google Checkout, for anything other than Android?

After PayPal decided to arbitrarily shut one my old account for absolutely no reason, I avoid using them wherever possible. As in this day and age practically anyone can get a debit card, eBay is the only excuse people have for using PayPal nowadays

acnpt said,
That would be excellent.
Does anyone on Neowin use Google Checkout, for anything other than Android?

I've used Google Checkout once to buy some indie games. It worked just fine.

Subject Delta said,

After PayPal decided to arbitrarily shut one my old account for absolutely no reason, I avoid using them wherever possible. As in this day and age practically anyone can get a debit card, eBay is the only excuse people have for using PayPal nowadays


Not even ebay makes me get Paypal, I'm just using bank transfers

acnpt said,
That would be excellent.
Does anyone on Neowin use Google Checkout, for anything other than Android?

I personaly do.

acnpt said,
That would be excellent.
Does anyone on Neowin use Google Checkout, for anything other than Android?

My bank doesn't seem to like it. I don't have the faintest idea why.

Subject Delta said,

After PayPal decided to arbitrarily shut one my old account for absolutely no reason, I avoid using them wherever possible. As in this day and age practically anyone can get a debit card, eBay is the only excuse people have for using PayPal nowadays

Same thing happened to me... After a year of spending tens of thousands using paypal (paying for flight training since its like $300-600 a day and would have gone over my credit limit), Paypal suddenly decided that my account was fraudulent and needed to be closed...now I have to wait 6 months for them to mail me a cheque of my remaining balance.

Never using them again.

acnpt said,
That would be excellent.
Does anyone on Neowin use Google Checkout, for anything other than Android?

I use PayPal for eBay only, every other online store I use either asks for my card details each time, or uses Google Checkout - few online retailers that I use, trust PayPal.

MFH said,

Not even ebay makes me get Paypal, I'm just using bank transfers

Unfortunately if you are a seller you don't have that option until you get a certain amount of feedback and rating, most annoying.