Starbucks revamps Android payment app with PayPal support
Starbucks released a new version of its application for Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android enabling consumers to pay and reload their Starbucks Card via PayPal.
Available for devices running Android 2.2 and up, the Starbucks App for Android connects to the consumer's prepaid Starbucks Card account, enabling users to pay for their coffee by holding their smartphone in front of a countertop scanner and processing the app's on-screen barcode. Alongside the addition of PayPal support, customers can also use any major credit card to reload their Starbucks Card. Also new: PIN code-based security safeguards, a widget with account balance information and store finder and an enhanced My Starbucks Rewards history dashboard.
Starbucks also is expanding support for the Android app to stores in the U.K. and Canada, enabling smartphone owners to pay with their phone at close to 14,000 locations worldwide.
The Starbucks Card Mobile App first launched in early 2011. This past April, Starbucks Chief Digital Officer Adam Brotman told VentureBeat that the coffeehouse chain has processed more than 42 million mobile payments.
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