Google announced the addition of PayPal support for Google Play in 12 countries as well expanded carrier billing and gift card availability.
The company says sales of apps and games on Google Play are already up by over 300% versus last year, with two-thirds of them happening outside of the U.S. These announcements are aimed at fueling that momentum.
Users in the following countries can now use PayPal as a payment option: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States, United Kingdom.
Google Play product manager Ibrahim Elbouchikhi writes, "When you make a purchase on Google Play in these countries, you'll find PayPal as an option in your Google Wallet; just enter your PayPal account login and you'll easily be able to make purchases. 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 has expanded the carrier billing option, which lets people simply have payments billed to their phone bill, is being expanded into seven more countries for a total of 24. The following countries can now use that: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and US. You can see the specific carriers here.
Google also announced that developers based in 13 new countries can now sell apps on Google Play. These include Indonesia, Malaysia, and Turkey. Google's buyer currency is also now available in 28 new countries.
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