PayPal Broadens Scope and Availability of Mobile Payments
PayPal today announced several steps it has taken to expand its reach as a payment option within retail stores. First, the company announced that it has signed 15 new retailers to its program, including national chains such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Advance Auto Parts, American Eagle Outfitters, Barnes & Noble, Foot Locker, Guitar Center, Jamba Juice, JC Penney, Office Depot, Toys 'R' Us, and others. This represents a significant increase in its retail footprint. Previously it was available in 2,000 Home Depot stores. PayPal also announced deals with VeriFone and Equinox, which will integrate PayPal functionality into their payment terminals. PayPal believes its system is superior to those based on NFC because it doesn't require hardware upgrades and specially-equipped handsets.
iPhone Owners Can Now Make Payments via PayPal
PayPal today announced that it has added support for Apple accounts. The change means people who use the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and other Apple devices will be able to make purchases from the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, and iBooks using their PayPal account.
Android Pay and PayPal Now Play Nice
Google's Android Pay service is now compatible with PayPal. The companies today announced that Android Pay users can opt to use their PayPal account as a source of funds when making tap-and-go payments at retail stores or on the web.
Facebook Messenger Adds PayPal as Funding Source for Peer-to-Peer Payments
Facebook Messenger and PayPal today made it possible for people to use their PayPal account as a source of funds when paying friends and family. Facebook Messenger has supported P2P payments for some time now, but previously required people to rely on their debit card for funds.
PayPal Reaches BlackBerry 10 Devices
PayPal has made a version of its mobile application available in the BlackBerry World app store for devices running BlackBerry OS 10.x. With this new app, PayPal is available to Android, BlackBerry, Fire OS, iOS, and Windows smartphones.