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PayPal's Here direct sale and money transfer service is an admirable rival to the similar Square, and before today its standard Android app was perfectly fine. But you can't deny that it looked a little... iPhoney. Thankfully the second release of the PayPal Here app brings the user interface more in line with other polished Android apps, and throws a little expanded functionality in for good measure.

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The whole app has been simplified and streamlined, according to the change log, and customers should now be able to swipe their credit or debit cards at any time during the purchasing process. (You know, like the better kind of retail PIN pads.) The customer entry, profiles, inventory system, and logins have all been simplified and sped up. Sellers can now search through orders and purchases from the app, and the cart view screen will show customers more information than before.

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Old screenshots for comparison.

The user interface is considerably flatter than before - in fact, it looks a lot like the mockups for Google's upcoming Hera system, in what's probably a bit of convergent design evolution. Text and images have been embiggened to give more emphasis, and the whole thing should be easier for sellers to select items quickly and for buyers to input their info at a glance. I imagine that when you're selling 1500 Glee Club brownies across a folding table, speed is of the essence.

PayPal Here is a free download for phones (not tablets), but you'll need the branded PayPal credit card reader to accept plastic.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • vyktorsouza

    Very iOS7-ish, but way better then 1.0 so I'm ok with it

  • Dan

    That looks like a direct iOS 7 port. Very disappointed.

    • Martin

      You are disappointed because it looks better? iOS app are 100x better than Android.. I love that lately more and more devs are porting their iOS apps in Android.. It finally becomes a good looking OS..

      • i lost

        Troll detected :/

        • Martin

          Since when saying the truth is trolling? I have Android device, just don't like the way most of apps look.. Old, ugly.. Or you are fanatic android fanboy who gets what they give him and never complains? I like good looking things.. Android with iOS style is great for me.. Customization + Good looking OS and apps.. Perfect phone

          • i lost

            I do agree on that some apps on Android (Facebook, Instagram, Facebook and Facebook) looks ugly, but by porting the apps directly from iOS to Android is silly. Each OS has their own design guidelines that works well on each OS. So if you use the same guidelines on different OS, well as i said before it's silly..

            Ps im a huuuuuuuuuuge fanboi q:D

          • ddpacino

            They're guidelines... not concrete RULES, though. That seems to be a common misconception.

          • hjk

            Talk about fist world problems.

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    Why do they refuse to implement the drawer properly? Even on the main app.

  • Friso Wels

    Even the old version looks better.......

    • Martin

      I don't know you, and I can imagine how you dress.. "Good" taste.

      • Friso Wels

        The old version looks at least a bit more like android ;)

        • Martin

          Ugly? Yes, agree! :-)))))

  • oboefiend

    That looks awfully similar to the "leaked" gmail app update...

  • wakeupz

    Pathetic app. Square all the way. They copied it anyways.

  • http://bit.ly/11F2eas Philip Cohen

    ,“PayPal: The safe way to pay and be paid”—LOL!

    “How to complain about PayPal in the UK”


    On this article, (currently) 410 negative comments on “PreyPal”—well worth a read for any small merchant using, or thinking of using, “PreyPal” to accept payments and who has not as yet had a problem with “PreyPal” because, when you do eventually have that problem, it could well be a serious business-threatening problem …

    “PayPal: 'Aggressive changes' coming to frozen funds policy”


    Of the 368 comments currently on this article, see if you can find any that are complimentary of “PreyPal” …

    And, just for fun, another story from Anna Tims of the Guardian/Observer detailing an apparent systems failure at “PreyPal” that undoubtedly affected who knows how many people …


    And another story from Anna Tims demonstrating eBay's unconscionable lack of fair transaction mediation and hard-wired bias towards buyers; 324 readers’ comments on this story; see if you can find any that are complimentary of eBay ...


    And another story from the New York Times’ Haggler column …

    “Anyone rushing out to load PayPal onto their phone might want to stop and read The New York Times Haggler column from Sunday. PayPal apparently generates a huge percentage of The Haggler’s traffic.—Tom Groenfeldt, Forbes


    “If PayPal isn’t the most reviled online company in the country, which is? The Haggler invites reader suggestions for this unhappy title, but before you write in, consider the sheer quantity of animosity that PayPal inspires. There are anti-PayPal Facebook sites, anti-PayPal YouTube tirades, PayPal-loathing Twitter accounts and more than 550 complaints about PayPal on ConsumerAffairs.com.”

    And (yet) another negative “PreyPal” story; also well worth a read …


    “PayPal (Owned by eBay) is symptomatic of the Achilles heel of online commercial ventures today that leave users in distressed states of helplessness. An innocent trust given in good faith by a user is not reflected back by the service provider, in fact it is abused and taken advantage of.” …

    And another quite typical “PreyPal” horror story, ultimately “fixed” …


    “… I know it is child's play to get creative with a graphics program and manufacture what may apparently look like a utility bill with someone's name on it. Not that I would do such a thing which probably breaks all sorts of anti-terrorism laws and would subject the perpetrator to drone bombings and/or water-boarding. You know things have gotten out of hand when honest people have to lie just to get around the impossible [PayPal] bureaucracy. Kafka would be proud.”