Google has added PayPal as a payment option for Google Play purchases in some countries, according to Google Play product manager Ibrahim Elbouchikhi.
Google Play is seeing pretty good growth on the sales front with a 300% jump in sales of apps and games over the past year, with two-thirds of those sales happening outside of the United States.
"We’re hoping to fuel this momentum by making Google Play payments easier and more convenient for people around the world," wrote Elbouchikhi. Translate that as "We don't have Google Wallet everywhere and people like PayPal better anyway." Only 12 countries so far are allowed to use PayPal, namely Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States and the United Kingdom.
"This new integration is another example of how we work with partners from across the payments industry to deliver this to the user," said the blog post which pretty much underlines how important a player PayPal is for Google to finally cave and make it an option.
Developers, sell to more countries!
Google Play has also expanded on its carrier billing options, adding seven more countries that include Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan though Malaysia was left out. A full list of payment options per country can be read here.
Gift cards are now also available in a total of 13 countries with the newcomers to the list including Japan and Germany. Developers can also increase your buyer currency support to 28 new countries.
Google already does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to processing Google Play payments - including reconciling currencies globally and making a monthly deposit into developer accounts.
While Google Play has been growing, it still needs to work on making monetisation easier for developers as Android users for the most part seem more partial to free offerings as compared to iOS fans who tend not to balk at paying for apps.
[Source: Android Developers Blog]