Google taking PayPal on its Play store because it has to

Google taking PayPal on its Play store because it has to

Summary: In Google's ideal world it would be such a payments player that it wouldn't need to add PayPal as an option. Oh well. PayPal is dominating mobile wallets and Google Play needs it as a payment option.

TOPICS: E-Commerce, Apps, Google
Google Play: Accepting PayPal because it has to.

Google said it would start taking PayPal for Google Play purchases in 12 countries and the move likely made management squirm a bit.

eBay's PayPal and Google are competing---along with Apple, carriers, Visa and Mastercard---to be your mobile wallet. If Google Wallet were this massive juggernaut there wouldn't be a need to take PayPal.

If all went perfectly for Google, its Wallet would have enough mass at merchants and consumers to usurp PayPal. According to comScore though, PayPal dominates mobile awareness and usage on the digital wallet front.

Oh well.

In a blog post, Google said that PayPal will be accepted in 12 countries such as the U.S., Canada and Germany. PayPal, which is increasingly an option at e-commerce checkouts, will also be integrated into Google Play.

For good measure, Google is adding carrier billing to Play. For the search giant, PayPal and carrier billing give it more potential for "frictionless commerce" on the international stage in areas like Thailand and Taiwan. Two thirds of Play purchase occur outside of the U.S.

Also: Mobile payments need carrots to boost adoption, says Accenture

Topics: E-Commerce, Apps, Google

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  • Must be tough ...

    ... especially as eBay refused to take Google Checkout as a payment system, back in the day.

    But I suspect Google's priority is getting cash from customers - and, like it or hate it, PayPal is the biggest player (and getting bigger).
  • Interesting development, but

    it doesn't quite cut it for me. I've avoided any personal "real me" aka credit card identity relationship with Google because of its data aggregation practices. Instead have a nonsense Gmail identify for its free services and downloading Play apps, but have gone to other providers for product I buy.

    This new thing still seems to require setting up a "real me" Google Wallet account, which would then link to PayPal. I won't.
  • good

    This is good. We need more interoperability and competition, not less. I do not like the idea of vast ecosystems that are owned and controlled by a single company. I would much rather see Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft play well together than set up their own walled-garden nation states.
    • You contradict

      Competition means working against each other and eliminating so one has more customers, control, and profit. Don't romanticize
  • carrier billing

    I much prefer carrier billing which WP has had since day 1 in a number of countries and continues to expand.

    No giving credit card details to anyone, the purchase just comes on the next phone bill. cleaner, simpler and very forward thinking of MS. So its good to see Google is going to follow MS lead again and this time do so by introducing carrier billing (according to the article anyway).
  • There's always a choice

    Nobody has to do anything.

    And if people ran society by common sense and civility instead of greed...
  • PayPal: “The [un]safe way to pay and be paid” …

    “How to complain about PayPal in the UK”
    On this article, when I last looked, 410 negative readers’ comments on “PreyPal”—well worth a read for any 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 be a serious business-threatening problem …

    “PayPal: 'Aggressive changes' coming to frozen funds policy”
    Of the 368 readers’ comments currently on this article, see if you can find any that are complimentary of “PreyPal” …

    And, just for fun, a 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 ...

    “eBay Seller Caught in the Middle of PayPal Dispute”—
    This story is the classic demonstration of just how unprofessional and “clunky” PreyPal is and always will be because “PreyPal” is little more than a credit card merchant account operator (with Wells Fargo Bank); an extra layer of clunky middleman operating in between the seller’s PayPal “pretend bank” merchant account and the buyer’s source of funds.

    And yet another interesting article in the Guardian on the lack of security and protection for sellers receiving payments via eBay’s clunky “PreyPal” (or dealing with Bitcoins); note the many negative readers’ comments about “PreyPal”.

    And, while we are at it, an independent view on Bitcoin …

    “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”
    Yet another classic, ugly, PayPal story …
    Clunkity, clunk, clunk, clunk …

    And (yet) another negative “PreyPal” story; an oldie but 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.”

    “How to sue eBay or PayPal [in the U.K.]”

    “Your Legal Solution To PayPal's 21-Day Hold Policy [in the U.S.]”

    The reality is, as a merchant, if you have not yet been burnt by “PreyPal”, then your turn is coming, and being burnt by “PreyPal” can be a serious business-threatening situation. PayPal’s close association with the “wild west” eBay marketplace has destroyed any credibility “PreyPal” may ever have had with many merchants and frankly, I think that anyone that thinks that “PreyPal” now has any long term future outside of the eBay marketplace or as the merchant account provider “of last resort” for non-professional sellers, is uninformed as to just how unprofessional the clunky “PreyPal” operation really is when compared to the retail banks’ MasterCard/Visa operations and the new “MasterPass” and “” digital wallet offerings …
    Philip Cohen
    • Uh yeah...

      About the third time you wrote "PreyPal" the rest of your rant wasn't read.
      Hallowed are the Ori