PayPal update brings support for in-store payments to iOS, Android
PayPal has expanded its mobile offering on iOS and Android, releasing an update that now allows consumers to pay for items and services using their PayPal account info and the PayPal app. The update also brings a deals service to the application, as businesses can now offer PayPal users offers associated with both in-store and online purchases.
The update changes the layout of the PayPal app, presenting local businesses when the app is first opened. Users can search the list, and will receive step-by-step instructions for paying with their PayPal account when they tap on a particular location.
In the case of restaurants, the app can be used to order ahead and pay for food from over 1,000 participating locations, in association with Eat24.
In many cases, users are required to “check-in” to a local business before they can pay with their PayPal account. Each supported location is accompanied by a map of its location and its phone number. Finally, the in-app deals service provides cash-back offers (for instance) that can be saved for future use, but only at participating locations.
These features join the established PayPal application features, which allow for account management and the sending and receiving of money while on the go. The deals service is in keeping with other mobile deals applications, like ShopKick, which also recently started supporting in-app purchases.