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Google Adds PayPal Support for Android App Purchases

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Google has announced that it is adding payment through the PayPal service to its Android app store in 12 countries.

The move sees PayPal added to the payment options when a user tries to buy something through the Google Play store, and is a significant departure for the company which has long promoted its own Google Wallet product.

This could be seen as a sign that the company might be wavering in how it pushes Google Wallet at people who might not want yet another payment option on their credit cards.

The company has however also expanded its support for carrier billing, where app purchases are added to the customer's phone bill -- to an additional 7 countries, taking the total to 24.

Google said that carrier billing is now available to nearly half its customer base for Android apps.

The company noted that sales of apps and games on Google Play are up by more than 300 percent over the past year. And today, two-thirds of Google Play purchases happen outside of the United States, with international sales continuing to climb.

Developers based in 13 new countries can now sell apps on Google Play (with new additions such as Indonesia, Malaysia and Turkey), bringing the total to 45 countries with support for local developers.

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