In conjunction with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5, PayPal turned on support for the device's biometric features in its mobile app, giving users around the world the ability to log into the app and send cash to their favourite merchants, friends, and loved ones sans user name or password.
All they need is a fingerprint "to shop at the millions of businesses that accept PayPal on mobile websites, mobile apps and in stores," PayPal said.
"Not only is this way more convenient than typing in a lengthy username and password on a tiny mobile device, it's also more secure. In fact, it's a convenience that many consumers are ready for. A recent survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance and PayPal found that more than half (53 per cent) of Americans are overwhelmingly comfortable replacing passwords with newer security technologies such as fingerprint authentication," according to a blog post from PayPal chief product officer Hill Ferguson.
But that's not all. The company also announced that its PayPal app is arriving on the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches today.
If you don't think that's news because you incorrectly assumed that the devices run Android and, thus, should be supported by PayPal anyway… you would be incorrect. The Gear Fit runs a real-time operating system that isn't Android nor the open-source Linux OS Tizen used in the company's Gear 2 smartwatches.
"While we are all too often glued to our mobile phones, there are still times where I wish I didn't have to take out my phone (or my wallet, for that matter) to do things like shop at my favourite lunch spot," Ferguson wrote.
"That's why we're making it easy for Gear 2 and Gear Fit users to check-in to pay with PayPal at thousands of stores in eight countries.
They can also conveniently check their PayPal balance, get payment notifications and save offers from local businesses – all from their wrist."