Up until Thursday, if you tried to install PayPal’s mobile application for Android phones onto your Motorola Droid X smartphone you would have come up empty. If you used the phone to hunt through the Android Market for “PayPal” you would have found an eBay app, some related utilities, but the PayPal app itself would have been missing in action.
That is, until now, thanks to PC World. You’re welcome.
The PayPal app, also available for iPhones and BlackBerry devices, allows you to monitor your PayPal account balance, make payments, request money, split dinner tabs and perform other financial tasks.
The fact that it couldn’t be located in the Android Market by the Droid X, an Android 2.1-based phone, seemed strange since the app was easy enough to find when the market was searched with other Android phones like the original Droid (even before it was bumped from Android 2.1 to 2.2) and the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G, which runs Android 1.6.
PayPal representatives at a press event in New York this week were unaware of the invisibility of the mobile app on the Droid X until this writer pointed it out. After a few e-mails and some investigating, a fix was made and voila! It began showing up in the Android Market on the Droid X Thursday morning.
Once in a while it pays to ask the right question.