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Android owners may soon be able to purchase Android Market apps with PayPal

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Aug 2010 1:39 User comments (8)

Android owners may soon be able to purchase Android Market apps with PayPal According to multiple reports, popular online payment system company PayPal is in talks with Google to add the payment service to Android devices.
If the deal comes to fruition, Android users will be able to purchase apps through the Android Market and pay with their PayPal account.

One source says the deal is likely to happen, and the service could be available for Android by the end of 2010.

Currently, Android Market purchases must be made with Google Checkout, or with a credit card.

So far, both companies have declined to comment.

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8 user comments

114.8.2010 4:59

correct me if im wrong but with all the apps available for smartphones i have only seen one or two that are actually useful the rest seem to be just gimmicky rubbish

214.8.2010 5:44

I have at least a dozen good apps, ignoring games and emulators. Sure, most of them are just to provide functionality that the OS should include to start with, but the Android does not include such features, nor does any mobile OS.

I'm still not going to buy any apps from the market...there isn't much point when the DRM built into the market is so orwellian that I can not download most free apps, let alone the ones I purchase. Google keeps adding more and more features to the market, yet they refuse to do anything about the massive problems that have been there since the earliest days of the market. It is easy to pirate apps, yet it is impossible to buy them legally? Get it together Google!

314.8.2010 8:38

PSX4Droid - $5.99
MyBackupPro - $3.99
Switchpro - $0.99
Gameboid - $2.99
Gensoid - $2.99
Paypal - Free
eBay - Free
Barcode Scanner - Free
ASTRO File Manager - Free
Backgrounds - Free
eBuddy Messenger - Free
Google Translator - Free
Rock DivX Player - Free

The list goes on.. There are a TON of excellent apps for Android, and Google keep making it a lot more easier for developers. I personally can't wait for the N64 emulator and soon-to-be VLC app for Android.

Also, KillerBug; DRM in the market? I've bought a lot of apps and never had any trouble. As long as you are using a credit card (Not a Debit card) your payment should go through fine. You also have the option to refund the app if you change your mind and you don't like it. Now that's very good customer service. Also, Google will soon be implementing software to help developers prevent app piracy.


415.8.2010 11:18

They apply DRM to everything; not just the paid apps. Many free apps will only show up on certain devices, in spite of the fact that the makers want them on all devices. Heck TV.com isn't even in my market! How do I get a refund when I can't see the app to begin with...and it is free?

Also, the refunds are somewhat limited...if you buy an app, and then you get a firmware update a month later and now the app isn't even in the market for you, you loose both the app and your money.

In spite of all the "market fix"es that are out there, the only good fix I have found is to use a crummy, outdated POS firmware...I have to backup, wipe, flash the old firmware, install the app(s), backup the app(s), wipe, and restore the first backup. That is a huge pain in the butt just to buy an app; it is like they are trying to force me to pirate apps.

...And as for this new DRM addition, these will only serve to force me to use pirated apps; as my extremely long and bothersome method of getting apps will no longer work.

515.8.2010 12:59

Omg is like world is going to end cause u cant get tv.com.... fyi apps that dont show on ur device is because ur device is not capable of using it... support and limitation on apps come from developers not google...1 more thing adroid is not made to do everytging out of the box, thats why is apps for every demand... my computer didnt even came with a OS... My OS didnt came with chrome... My chrome didnt came with flash, but is all available just like on android

615.8.2010 17:30

@i1der: Stop moaning and learn to spell, Killer has a point.

@Mik3h:

Quote:
Also, Google will soon be implementing software to help developers prevent app piracy.

That's a damn shame.


716.8.2010 22:44

Originally posted by i1der:
Omg is like world is going to end cause u cant get tv.com.... fyi apps that dont show on ur device is because ur device is not capable of using it...
I mention TV.com because I use that as a test; it is available on just about every android device. And yes, my android device is among the ones that are meant to get it. Using an outdated firmware, I am able to see it in the market...but with a current firmware, a search says that it isn't even in the market. Oh, and my device can use it fine.

817.8.2010 15:03

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by i1der:
Omg is like world is going to end cause u cant get tv.com.... fyi apps that dont show on ur device is because ur device is not capable of using it...
I mention TV.com because I use that as a test; it is available on just about every android device. And yes, my android device is among the ones that are meant to get it. Using an outdated firmware, I am able to see it in the market...but with a current firmware, a search says that it isn't even in the market. Oh, and my device can use it fine.
Are you running a custom ROM? If so blame the guy who made the ROM. There are many issues with custom ROMs and apps not showing on the market. Learn before you complain.

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