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.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Daveon Jackson

    Love that color scheme.

  • Kevin

    I've been really impressed with Venmo on the whole. My roommate and I use it to split rent, pay each other back for dinner and all kinds of other stuff. Even before this update, the app worked really well. As far as the comparison to Paypal and Google Wallet goes, Venmo doesn't charge to fund from a debit card from major banks (some, they do charge for). Paypal and Google appear to charge to fund from a card regardless.

  • Ivan Myring

    Hey Bertel, how do you pronounce Bertel? Is it Bert-tell or bert-l

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      we're currently taking bets on how he's going to answer. Care to join in the pot?

      • Shitiz Garg


        • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

          I've been called Bert-tell, Bertle, and Bar-tell. But the correct one is ...

          Bert - Tell.

          It's time to collect.

  • sirillium

    Oh, is that why PayPal is losing customers? Because they are growing so fast? I thought it was because they constantly seize funds without due process.

  • Shane Basye

    Is Venmo available on devices other than the iPhone and Android? Is it available on Samsung Galaxy phones?