PayPal Here, the company’s dongle-based mobile payments solution, is now available for Android tablets, the company announced this afternoon — a move that will address a large and growing swath of the tablet market. According to Gartner, PayPal notes, 62 percent of tablets sold last year run Android.
The PayPal Here application allows users to accept credit card and debit card payments, as well as mobile payments via PayPal. This is done by having customers “check in” via the consumer-facing PayPal app.
The PayPal Here application itself was already available for Android smartphones, and nothing much has changed with this release, beyond the support for a larger screen.
Users are also able to manage their inventory, monitor sales and set discounts, taxes, tips, and more from their Android tablets. And the app includes the recently launched reporting feature that was previously offered to iOS and Android smartphone users.
According to the Google Play app description, there are certain tablets that have been verified to work with the PayPal Here card reader. That doesn’t mean that others won’t, of course, but it could limit your support options if you’re using it on a non-verified device.
The tablets that work at launch include: the ASUS Nexus 7″ 2013, ASUS Nexus 10″, ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T, the Samsung Galaxy Tab (2 – 7″ and 10″; 3 – 10″; 4 – 7″ and 10″; and the Tab Pro); Samsung Galaxy Note 10″ and the Sony Experia Z Tablet.
PayPal Here has been seen as something of a Square competitor, and now, perhaps, an Apple Pay competitor, too. (PayPal even took out a big and somewhat defensive ad mocking Apple’s entry into the mobile payments market recently. The ad reminded users that Apple’s security measures may not be up to snuff when it comes to something as serious as managing your money.)