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Is PayPal Support Finally Coming to Google Play?

Authored by: Steven Blum — Apr 30, 2013
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Code buried within Google Wallet suggests the new payment method is coming soon. / © Anbieter/AndroidPIT

There are a number of payment methods Google Play allows, including credit and debit card transactions, as well as billing to mobile carriers. However, PayPal has never been an option. This has irked a number of Android fans, especially those living outside the United States without access to Visa or Mastercards. In Germany, for example, most banks give out EC cards, which are not valid for use with Google Play. Many have wondered when Google would finally allow direct bank transfers.

It appears the answer is: soon! JavaScript file found by Google Systems Blog includes many curious references to PayPal. In the file, which is used by Google Wallet, PayPal is listed alongside Maestro and carriers like Sprint, Softbank and Vodafone. Google's own code also lists PayPal UUIDs, which are used by the PayPal Merchant API. 

There are even error codes which include the name PayPal, including: PAYPAL_INSTRUMENT_ERROR" next to messages like "GIFT_CARD_ALREADY_REDEEMED" and "INVALID_CREDIT_CARD".

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While we can't be entirely certain that PayPal is coming to Google Wallet anytime soon, this is certainly promising.

Would you appreciate it if Google Wallet allowed purchases to be made via PayPal?

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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