PayPal's Mobile App Gets A Redesign

Many of the app's new features depend on a check-in system that asks users to check in at a business.

Order Ahead

The new app was designed to relieve some of the common pain points around the consumer purchasing experience. One feature lets you put in an order and pay ahead of time and specify when you'd like to pick it up.

No More Waiting Around For Your Waiter

Another useful feature in the new app lets you pay for your bill after you've checked in on your phone, so you don't have to waste time, say, trying to flag down a waiter at the end of a meal.

Pay On Your Phone

Another useful feature in the new app lets you pay for your bill after you've checked in on your phone, so you don't have to waste time, say, trying to flag down a waiter at the end of a meal.

PayPal's New App Lets You Make Purchases Even If You Forget Your Wallet

PayPal's mobile app redesign focuses on relieving common pain points of the consumer-purchasing experience, like getting stuck in long lines or trying to flag down your waiter for the check.

In PayPal's vision of the future, transactions will no longer begin with you reaching for the wallet in your back pocket while waiting in line to check out. Instead, you'll be reaching for your smartphone, and you won't have to wait.

A new mobile app the payments company released today for iOS and Android brings elements of that wallet-less future to life through new features designed to eliminate specific pain points of the consumer-purchasing experience. Forgot your wallet at home? No problem, PayPal says. Want to get your coffee while skipping the long line? Can do.

Many of the updates in the new app center around a new, Foursquare-like system that asks users to check in to a business. Once you check in, you can pick from several new mobile-based payment options. If you forgot your wallet at home, for example, checking into a business in the PayPal app would allow you to use your phone to pay for transactions. Checking in also unlocks options like the new Order Ahead feature that lets you place and pay for an order ahead of time so you don't have to wait in line, and it gives you the ability to pay for a restaurant bill and include a tip without having to flag down your waiter for the check. The new app implies PayPal is thinking as much about the moments before and after a transaction as it is about the transaction itself.

Of course, there aren't many things the app lets you do that a physical wallet and credit card won't--a perennial problem for mobile payment companies. Which means much of PayPal's success with its new app relies heavily on the number of retailers they can onboard and how easy users find the app to use.

[Images courtesy of PayPal]

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