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In a fairly surprising move, Google just announced on the company's Android developer blog that the Play Store will now allow users to pay for their purchases using PayPal in 12 countries. Those countries are Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK.


The new PayPal option should just show up as an option when you make a purchase in Play, and you can now add your PayPal account to your Google Wallet as a payment source. The feature may take some time to roll out, so if you're not seeing it yet, just hold tight. The limitations are pretty straightforward: you can't use PayPal for device or accessory purchases, or for non-Play Store Google Wallet purchases. It has to be digital content.

Carrier billing and gift cards

Google also announced expanded carrier billing and gift cards, too, today. Carrier billing has been added for more carriers in Australia (Optus), Austria (3), Singapore, Thailand (AIS), and Taiwan, though the full list isn't clear. Gift cards are making their way to Japan and Germany. The list of new Play gift card countries isn't made clear, either, and the two countries Google does mention (Japan, Germany) already have them.

Buyer currency and countries where developer can sell apps

Finally, developer sales countries have been added, 13 to be exact, including Indonesia, Malaysia, and Turkey (again, the full list isn't yet clear). Buyer currency support has been added for 28 new countries, too. The changes for developers all appear to be happening on the back end (a Play Store update may be necessary for end users, it's not clear), so just sit back and relax.

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  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Very interesting! Now if only Amazon would jump on the PayPal bandwagon... ;-)

    I know it won't happen, but a man can dream, can't he?

  • Maxorq


  • RSA

    This shows Google is "open"! hmm somewhat!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Google's open to getting their cut. I'm guessing that was hurdle #1.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        So, when a user buys a $1 app using paypal, who gets how much? (Developer / Google / Paypal)?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Hard to say. I doubt the details of the Google / PayPal contract are something they're going to make public, but I imagine PayPal at least gets a small transaction fee.

        • Mike Reid

          A $1.00 app or in app purchase or subscription ALWAYS means $0.70 goes to the developer, unless you're a large development company that's negotiated a better (and secret) deal with Google.

          Currency exchange rates are a separate story.

          Google get's the other 0.30, minus whatever they have to pay to credit card companies. I imagine Google has very low rates negotiated with credit card companies, but some might go as high as 5% (of $1), and maybe higher with carrier billing. Gift cards are probably 10-20% (of $1) though.

          As a dev I'm happy to see this. When someone pays me with Paypal I get over 90% instead of 70% with Google, but app updates are a hassle. This way I'm back down to 70%, but less than 1% of my sales are Paypal anyway, maybe 0.3% now.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Still no russia for neither of the two :(

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    So, new Play Store apk anyone? Hint hint.

  • Pandawongs

    Just curious why everybody loves PayPal so much?

    • Wilberth Barrantes

      That will answer your question

      • http://regis.decamps.info/ Régis

        People were using PayPal before it was bought by eBay.

    • MyLeftNut

      It's a convenient way for devs to get paid.

    • Vibrunazo

      It's easy.

    • atlouiedog

      I get small amounts of money here and there in my PayPal account which I tend to use on small purchases from various websites, like Humble Bundles. Adding apps from the Play Store to that list is very welcome to me. It's not necessarily that I like PayPal, it's just convenient.

      • Paul_Werner

        Is this small amount just by you using PayPal for purchases and do you know if it's better than the amounts you get from the "Google Opinion Rewards" app? I'm just wondering because I use the Opinion Rewards app to use on small purchases like you use PayPal along with my Chase Rewards points

        • someone755

          Not everyone can use the GOR app. ;-;
          Like so many other things with Google :T

          • Paul_Werner

            Well, yeah there's that but what else is new ;-)

          • someone755

            I just got an email of a new Weekly Humble Bundle. So, that's one new thing I care about. c:

    • guest

      Paypal usually converts US dollars cheaper than the interbank rate and the banks are usually oligopolies in many countries, including Canada.

    • moehre

      In europe it is not so common to have a visa/master card, because most smaller shops/super markets don't accept them (due to high fees). On the other hand nealry anyone with an ebay account has a paypal account as well.

    • Matthias

      It's not about loving Paypal, it's about not having a credit card.

      Credit cards are far less popular here in Germany than they are in the US.

      And Paypal is a very convenient way to pay, and you don't have to buy gift cards all the time.

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    This would really benefit quite a lot people if it came in India, almost all VISA cards here don't work with Wallet

    • a guy

      Try again, now they do. Debit cards too.

      • sahibunlimited

        No, not cards with 3D secure pin. Which is almost every debit card.

        • http://regis.decamps.info/ Régis

          What is a 3D secure PIN? In France, 3D Secure generates a one-time pin sent by SMS.

          • sahibunlimited

            3D secure pin is a password which has to be entered after filling card number and all card details. That password is only something the owner knows so when the card is stolen, it cannot be used for online transactions.
            Google or any other international payment gateways do not ask for 3D secure pin as they don't know/haven't implemented it. The bank then cancels the transaction.

  • KojiroAK

    Weren't Gift Cards available in Germany allready? Or are we talking about different cards?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      You're right. They're just reiterating I guess.

      • KojiroAK

        Interesting they say Japan and Germany.
        There has been at least one country that came later (Switzerland).

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    But it can't be used to pay for devices? How stupid.

  • Firmino

    No love for Brasil?

    • frafri

      you have the world cup
      what else do you want?

      • Firmino


        • frafri

          just watch out for Chile. ;)

      • Gabriel Seixas

        That's the point, if we even have the WC, we deserve these PlayStore features too, hahahaha.

        • frafri

          google maps already has the traffic for Brasil and everything !!
          Brasil is getting a lot of love lately hmm .
          Too bad the connectivity in the stadiums will be an issue :/

  • virtualmarc

    Mhh paypal comes to germany and I can't use it because google locked my wallet account for no reason and does not want to unlock it,

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk/ artesea

    Remember when this was announced on the PayPal blog all those years ago? At least they final got around to doing it.

  • Joery

    Didn't expect that one

    • Rami

      Same here: Google and Paypal....

      When can I pay with Amazon Credit :)

  • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

    So, finally I can get around my suspended Google Wallet account and buy stuff from play store. (or does it still require a wallet account?). But wait, my PayPal is also suspended. PayPal had found my action of sending a donation to a developer (non-US) suspicious and suspended my account 2 years ago. Oh... my sides.. it hurts.

    • MyLeftNut

      I've sent donations to a lot of non-US based devs on XDA and never had a problem with Paypal. Maybe the powers that be just don't like you. If you don't reply, I'll just assume Disqus caught up and banned you :P

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Nope, you still need a Wallet account.

      • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

        Figures. Back to Aptoide.

  • JackPackage

    Finally! That's great news! :)

  • br_hermon

    So how does this impact devs? Google is going to get their cut and now PayPal too? Looks like its going to cut into their margins. Anybody know?

    • Mike Reid

      With this method, devs will get 70% instead of over 90%.

      Devs who depend on the higher level with Paypal will likely continue to encourage direct Paypal sales, instead of through Play.

      Most (?) devs use Play exclusively though, so this may mean a small bump up in total app/purchase/subscription sales.

      So relatively little impact, almost nothing to complain about, and a good move by Google.

  • sgtguthrie

    Yet PayPal refuses to do business with federally licensed firearms dealers. I guess they don't like my money...

  • RockAndRock

    I guess Google hates France...

    • http://regis.decamps.info/ Régis

      Or Credit cards are sufficiently common in France, and an alternative is not necessary.

      • RockAndRock

        Paypal is now available in France

  • Matthias

    Can you pay for subscriptions, like Play Music All Access, via Paypal?