One of PayPal's problems is that it's immensely popular. As the service implements more features and grows to support a larger user base, it inevitably loses some people along the way. If you want an app that makes it easy to send money to friends that isn't PayPal, Venmo is worth a look. It's simple, doesn't charge to send money from most bank accounts or debit cards, and it just received an update that makes the experience look more at home on Android.

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In addition to the new look, Venmo now has a home screen widget that enables faster payments. I wouldn't use it, but I imagine it's great for those of you who constantly owe your friends money. The update also introduces more responsive notifications, so you can answer requests or "like" payments without leaving the notification drawer.

What's new:

  • A faster, more responsive news feed
  • An indicator on the new payment screen tells you how your payments are funded
  • Rich notifications allow you to complete charge requests or “like” payments directly from the notification drawer
  • A widget for your home screen that lets you pay friends even faster

As you would expect, the app is completely free to use. If PayPal or Google Wallet don't tickle your fancy, consider giving Venmo a go.