Online payments company, PayPal, has announced its partnership with Google to make it easy for consumers to use PayPal as a payment method in Android Pay –Google’s digital wallet platform– wherever Android Pay is accepted, in-store, in-app and online.
Being introduced in the US first, users will be able to use PayPal in Android Pay at all retailers accepting Android Pay. According to the company, the partnership will enable its customers to pay across even more contexts, and will extend PayPal’s mobile leadership and reach as consumers become more comfortable shopping and buying on their mobile devices.
“Initially, users will be able to pay using their PayPal balance and over the coming months we will add the ability to use cards that have been stored with PayPal, enabled by our recent tokenization partnerships with major card networks,” said Bill Ready, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, PayPal.
This is not the first time both the companies have come together. PayPal and Google have been in business since PayPal was added as a payment option within Google Play Store. Now the PayPal integration with Android Pay is supported on versions of Android OS 4.4 and higher, including KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow and Nougat.
“Millions of people already use their PayPal account to make online purchases, receive payments and send money to friends and family. Soon they can start using the same PayPal account to tap and pay with their phones in stores and speed through checkout in Android apps. People in the U.S. can simply link their PayPal account to use with Android Pay. You can expect to see this new feature in the Android Pay and PayPal apps within the next few weeks,” said Pali Bhat, Global Head, Payment Products, Google.