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Why I don't buy Android apps from the Android Market

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I love apps. In fact, apps are probably my favorite thing about any smartphone; without them, the smartphone is just a phone with a web browser, in my opinion. 

There are two app stores that I visit every single day: Apple's App Store, and Google's Android Market. Each of them have their highs and lows, but there is one thing that they differ on: PayPal payments.

Apple's App Store ties directly in with your Apple ID, which is used for iTunes, App Store, and even Apple Online Store purchases, so PayPal is accepted. However, Google's Android Market ties in with whatever Google wants, and since Google is starting to get into the payment market, PayPal and some other payment options aren't accepted. Read on to hear me out on why I think Google needs to accept PayPal, too.

I understand where Google's coming from, but I'm quite certain that only a very small minority of people actually have accounts with any of Google's payment offerings. Google might have just surpassed the 10 billion app downloads, but I'm guaranteeing you that most of them were freebies. 

If you have a credit card, you probably think that I'm an absolute lunatic. But really, I don't like how easily credit cards can be lost or stolen. PayPal uses a secure website and has enough security to make me feel much safer than a little piece of plastic. 

PayPal has been rumored to be coming to the Android Market soon, and I really hope so. I think Android would be so much more useful for me if I could buy high-quality apps. Other than fragmentation, cheaply made free apps is my biggest problem with Android. 

What are your thoughts on the issue? I like to think that I'm not alone in wanting PayPal implementation on the Android Market. 

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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7 thoughts on “Why I don't buy Android apps from the Android Market

  • Avatar of Curt Hibbs

    I’m one of those people who have had trouble with paypal in the past. Their total lack of transparency and customer recourse has left a bad taste in my mouth. So I, personally, could care less if they offer paypal.

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  • Avatar of Buzzkill Lightyear

    PayPal is a terrible company that treats its users like garbage… assuming you manage to make contact with their support system in the first place. They’ve made the headlines time and time again for actions that could charitably be described as bumbling, if not downright whimsical or malicious. Regretsy was fortunate in that the uproar was severe enough to get PayPal to reconsider its decisions; other charities and many scammmed eBay sellers haven’t been so lucky.

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  • Avatar of Sarig

    Yeah, I agree with this, though I also think that having the most possible options is a good thing. So I’m all for including pay-pal, as long as I don’t have to use it myself;p

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  • Avatar of zviera

    I lost a $100 because of my stupidity and paypal account policy 4 years ago. Never used it since.

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  • Credit cards are NOT secure on the internet. Ask the Pentagon. Ask the many people who have had their numbers stolen on the net. At least PayPal limits your exposure to loss.

    eBay, PayPal, Amazon, etc., all use India for their tech support because of huge tax breaks the GOP passed to send jobs overseas. If you do not like the quality of their tech support, complain to them and even boycott them. This site has no control over other companies tech support, or lack thereof.

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