INTERNET GIANT Google has added support for Paypal to the Google Play store, as well as expanded support for carrier billing.
The latest update to Google Play will allow users to pay for Android software, but not hardware, using their Paypal accounts. Now, when you make a purchase on Google Play, you'll find Paypal as an option in Google Wallet, letting you enter your Paypal account login to confirm the transaction.
Google said on its Android developers blog, "Our goal is to provide users with a frictionless payment experience, and this new integration is another example of how we work with partners from across the payments industry to deliver this to the user."
Google's new Paypal payment option is being made available in 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK.
As well as additing support for Paypal, Google has expanded the availability of carrier billing in Google Play. The feature, which lets users add Google Play purchases to their phone bills, has been expanded to seven more countries, while Google Play gift cards are now available in a total of 13 countries.
That's not all Google managed to cram into its latest Google Play update. The firm also announced on Thursday that developers in an additional 13 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey, can now sell apps through the Google Play store.
The firm also took the opportunity to boast that Google Play sales are up 300 percent year on year, with international sales on the up.
"Sales of apps and games on Google Play are up by more than 300 percent over the past year. And today, two-thirds of Google Play purchases happen outside of the United States, with international sales continuing to climb," Google said.
"We're hoping to fuel this momentum by making Google Play payments easier and more convenient for people around the world." µ