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