Bob Likes Paypal

In an attempt to generate extra buzz for using their payment system in Android apps, Paypal has started a contest for developers with a grand prize of $25,000.

Remaining vague in the competition's criteria, the eBay-owned company simply asks devs to integrate secure payments into their Android apps, adding that they would like "something new, something surprising, something with business potential." In addition to the $25K grand prize, the runner up will receive $15,000, followed by $10,000 for third place (much more generous than the kitchen appliances they give you on Wheel of Fortune).

Paypal lists some "important deadlines" for anyone interested in entering:

  • May 14 – Deadline to submit your application for approval
  • June 3rd – Deadline for making changes
  • June 7th – Application live in an Android Marketplace
  • June 29th – Winners announced


Bob Likes Paypal

May the best secure payment system in a mobile application win.

Source: Paypal X Developer Network

Will Shanklin
Will's typical, run-of-the-mill story is that of 'classically-trained actor turned Android smartphone and tablet writer.' If you catch him quoting Shakespeare, it's not because he misses it, but because he desperately wants his Masters in drama to count towards something.

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  • Billy

    Paypal can go fuck themselves.

    More places need to accept Google Checkout.

    • abeee

      The list of countries that PayPal accepts payments in dwarfs Google's list.

      Also, PayPal has provided a library. Implementing a library into an App is much easier than implementing a service, which Google requires, especially if a developer has never done it before.

      • Me again

        Paypal can go fuck themselves.

      • Heinz Kiosk

        Indeed, trying to implement a software interface with Google Checkout is like fighting a cornered rat. "More places need to accept Google Checkout" will happen when Google fixes that problem, and not before.

  • abeee

    I'm just about to release my app with PayPal integrated; it took about a week (part-time) to fine-tune the workflow - which took longer than I expected.

    There's still two issues that I'd like them to improve though.

    pro tip: it's not well publicized, but there's TWO libraries: the MPL and MECL.

    The MPL is pure in-app, the MECL uses a webview

  • http://androidjet.com Zack

    Consider as a bonus for e-commercial Android App developers.

  • Adrian

    my card type isn't accepted by Google Checkout :( go for it PayPal!