Rumour has it that PayPal payments may be coming to Google’s Android market soon. An announcement is expected during the PayPal Developers’ Conference in San Francisco later this month.
Currently, the Android Market requires shoppers either to enter a credit card number, or to sign into Google Checkout each time: hardly the one-click easy experience that places like iTunes have taught us to expect. And the problem isn’t limited to shoppers: developers have had issues with Google’s system blocking anything but native currencies. PayPal doesn’t have this problem as it handles currency conversion automatically.
Of course, there’s a long history of animosity between Google and eBay, so this is a surprising if welcome development. It is – so far – only a rumour, with The Street’s sources citing “economics” as one possible stumbling block before an agreement is reached. Given the size of the potential market, that’s no surprise at all.