One of the hardest things to do is to get the same look across multiple smartphone platforms. Look at the difference in Facebook! It looks completely different in my opinion. Well, PayPal has put in the work, and will be releasing version 2.0 of their Android app later today. The purpose of the new version is to bring the Android app up to speed with the iPhone counterpart.
The main function of PayPal has always been to send money. PayPal has been available on the Android platform for a year and a half. It served its purpose, but it sure wasn't pretty.
Some of the updates to this version include a visual change which makes the Android and iPhone versions look identical. Along with that are the following tools:
- Bump support - For those of you who don't know, Bump is an app that lets two users swap contact info by fist-bumping their smartphones together. At the end of 2009 Bump opened up their API to allow third-party iPhone developers to swap almost whatever they wanted between bumpers, and PayPal was one of the first in line for the train. Bump has now had its API ported to Android, and the Android app is now offering up support.
- Split the Check - Split the check is a handy little tool for the right situation. Let's say you are at your favorite restaurant with your friends and the bill comes. The waiter informs you that they only take one credit card. Split the check allows you to split the check, tally up the total, and send out a reminder to those who don't have cash to pay you back.
PayPal is going to be putting much more effort into mobile after discovering that they have handled twice as much money in the first 6 months of 2010 as they did in all of 2009!