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PayPal updates Android app with smoother UI & card-scanning feature

PayPal has released version 4.0 of its Android app, bringing with it a revamped user interface and more focus on the company's newest payment feature.

The new application sports an improved design and navigation functions, and provides features like account management and sending and requesting money.

PayPal functions as a sort of online wallet, allowing users to make payments on the Web without sharing financial information like credit card numbers. The mobile version brings the same convenience to on-the-go users, who can now check their total, available, and pending PayPal balances, as well as follow other functions on their devices.

With an emphasis on local use, customers can find merchants who use the relatively new PayPal Here credit-card reader, which debuted in March, along with a new version of the iOS PayPal app.

The Here and Mobile programs work together, allowing any participating retailer to total the customer's purchases, then have the user swipe a credit card through the reader, and "sign" for the bill by rubbing a finger signature across the screen.

In the new version of the app, you can also snap a photo with your smartphone of a credit or debit card, to easily add it to your account without having to manually enter numbers or other data.

Additionally, enhanced support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now available, and the company has provided bug fixes to its former app versions.

According to the PayPal app page, landscape support is coming soon.

The updated Android app and new iOS app are available to install for free in the Google Play store and the Apple App Store.