One of the most oft-requested features has finally arrived on Android. Google has announced that starting today, Android users will be able to buy apps and other content from Google Play by making payments through PayPal, at least in 12 countries. These include Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US, and the UK.
It will be a few days before the feature shows up for everyone, but once it does, you will be able to simply select PayPal from the payment options screen and login with your credentials to make a purchase on Google Play. PayPal support is only for digital content and will not work for devices, accessories or for stuff not on the Play Store, but it’s still a great move that should make Google Play payments a lot easier (and possible) for quite a few folks.
Google is also expanding availability of carrier billing and Google Play gift cards. Carrier billing is now an option in seven new countries, including Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan (for a total of 24), while gift cards are available in 13 countries. Finally, developers in 13 new countries can now sell apps (including Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey), and add local pricing for apps in 28 new countries.