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WP7 developers complain of missing payments, broken reporting tools

Posted in Microsoft by Conner Flynn on November 29th, 2010

While most of us really like the new Windows Phone 7 UI and even its software developer kit, some developers aren’t liking the way Marketplace is working for them so far. According to Nicholas Yu and Justin James, it’s currently impossible for them to know how many apps they have sold (and how much Microsoft owes them). They don’t even know when payments will be coming their way. Apparently Justin James was told by Microsoft that no developer payout would happen until 2011.

We aren’t sure what the deal is yet as Windows Phone 6.x developers did not seem to have these problems. We hope that Microsoft will solve this quickly.

PayPal in talks with Google about Android payments

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on August 14th, 2010

PayPal is in talks with Google to add PayPal as a payment method for the Android Market. Apparently Google wants to make paying for apps as easy as possible for Android users so they can start shifting apps. As it stands, you can buy apps through Google Checkout and sometimes using carrier billing.

Both options are fine, but not popular. Using PayPal as a payment option would likely open the flood gates and move a ton of apps. On the other hand, PayPal currently powers Blackberry App World, illustrating the point that no matter how easy it is to buy apps, people still need good apps to buy.

PayPal offers in-app payments for Android

Posted in Paypal by Conner Flynn on May 22nd, 2010

PayPal just launched its Mobile Payments Library for the Android OS, allowing developers to include in-app payments into their software without having to worry about keeping customers’ personal financial information secure. This means that soon you’ll be able to make PayPal transactions on your Android device without having to leave the application that you’re using.

This is pretty convenient for Android users. You can even purchase a pizza using PayPal as illustrated in the image above. But does this in-app PayPal payment method violate the Android Market Content Policy for Developers? It states that “developers should only charge for applications and downloads from Android Market through the Market’s Payment Processor”.

Visa has plans for wireless payments via iPhone cases

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on May 6th, 2010

Visa is paving the way for iPhone owners to be able to make payments with their handset at special terminals. This wireless credit card payment system is the first of its kind in the world. It will involve a customized payment software called Visa payWave, which will come pre-installed on a memory card.

The iPhone itself lacks an external memory slot, so it will require you to buy a new iPhone case that is Apple-certified. This makes everyone richer, including the case manufacturer. Everyone except for you. Your money will be leaving with the case and with every transaction.