In a fresh blow to Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, PayPal has announced that it will not renew or upgrade its Windows Phone app when it will launch the latest version of its app for Android and iOS platforms. Users of devices running Android 4.0.3 or later versions of the Android operating system and iOS 8.1 or later versions of the operating system will be able to upgrade to version 6.0 of the PayPal app from June 3 through June 30. Users of Amazon Fire devices as well as BlackBerry devices will not be able to upgrade their respective PayPal apps as well and will have to switch to a device running either Android or iOS operating system if they wish to continue using the app. However, BlackBerry Priv will be saved from the cull as it runs Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system at present.
Being the most popular payment system across the world, PayPal has undergone several transformations in recent years. Last year, to cash in on the booming contactless payment system, PayPal launched its Here chip-based card reader which supported NFC-based services like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay. Available for $149, the Here card also supports magnetic strip cards and can pair with a smartphone via Bluetooth to ensure smoother payments. As per Brad Brodigan, VP and GM at PayPal, the multifunctional ability of PayPal's Here card reader will enable consumers to make payments anytime, anywhere and anyhow they please.