PayPal Overhauls Mobile Payment Services and Apps
PayPal today made a slew of announcements regarding its mobile payment applications and services.The first is a new serivce called Mobile Express Checkout, which allows users to remain logged into their PayPal account across devices and make two-click payments at participating vendors. The Mobile Payments Library can be used to set up pre-approved, chain, and split payments, such as for subscription services. PayPal Mobile for iPhone 3.0 added a location-based feature so PayPal app users can find nearby merchants that accept PayPal mobile payments (currently limited to a San Francisco-only beta). PayPal also announced a new partnership with VeriFone, which will work with merchants to add PayPal mobile payment capabilities to their places of business, as well as accept "Bump" payments. Last, PayPal has partnered with Appcelerator to help PayPal's merchants build apps on all three major mobile platforms (iOS, Android and BlackBerry) from one Web code base.
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 to Kill Off Its Windows Phone and BlackBerry Apps
PayPal today said it will sunset its Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon Fire Phone apps on June 30. After that date, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Fire Phone users will not be able to login to or use the Paypal mobile app.