By giving developers an easier way to get paid, Google is hoping that it results in more applications being developed for its open source operating system. While the Android Market is now up to about 75,000 apps at last count, Apple's App Store still owns a comfortable lead with more than 225,000 choices available. Although Google Checkout allows for a quick payment process, PayPal's 87 million members dwarf the membership of the former, which might raise the number of app buyers.
Maribel Lopez, whose firm tracks the mobile industry, said, "It’s clear that PayPal has been making huge strides in mobile." The head of Lopez Research continued to say, "From Google’s perspective, they just haven’t won the war on this. Why bother fighting it?" There is also the possibility that talks could break off without an agreement having been reached. Both PayPal and Google spokesmen declined to discuss the situation.