PayPal is teaming up with Google’s Android Pay in an effort to expand mobile payment platforms across both digital enterprises and brick-and-mortar stores. The partnership will see PayPal becoming available as a payment method in the Android Pay service, allowing U.S. users to pay for a range of services through their phone.
The integration of PayPal and Android Pay is significant. It provides an instant boost to the already impressive PayPal offering. However, there are some markets and countries that PayPal is yet to crack, and this partnership represents the “next logical step in our desire to partner with everyone in the ecosystem.”
How will it work for you? Android Pay will allow Android users to select their PayPal balance as a method of payment. This will expand to include cards added directly to the user’s PayPal account in the coming months. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman sees this integration as key to getting customers to use PayPal more frequently than the current average of two or three transactions per month.
The PayPal and Android Pay partnership comes on the back of the online payment giant confirming that their mobile application would add NFC support.
PayPal and Android Pay users will be able to use new integration at retailers like Walgreens, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Uber.
Overall, this is a solid move for everyone concerned. PayPal and Android Pay users receive a better, expanded service. The companies themselves gain more exposure, entering previously untapped markets. The ease of adding PayPal balances and cards to Android Pay may well encourage more retailers to accept digital payment applications as standard, something that many major technology companies, such as Apple, Samsung, and Amazon, all support.
The PayPal integration is supported on Android 4.4 and higher, including KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat.