Braintree brings PayPal SDK to Australia

Braintree has integrated PayPal into its payments platform with the launch of its SDK in Australia.

By adding 10 lines of code, Braintree merchant customers can start accepting PayPal payments within the Braintree platform alongside existing traditional payment options Visa and MasterCard. A PayPal Business account is required.

Some of Braintree’s Australian customers have already integrated the SDK ahead of today’s launch, including mobile app developer Local Apps and The Exchange Group, which runs

Braintree head of Asia Tyson Hackwood said a major advantage of the integration is that it allows Braintree merchants to store their customers’ PayPal details for recurring payments or for later purchases. Merchants can accept payments over desktop and mobile platforms.

The Braintree platform is for taking payments online as opposed to in-store, so it does not include PayPal’s check-in features. However, Hackwood noted that the platform can be used by physical locations for membership payments.

The release of the SDK follows PayPal’s US$800 million acquisition of Braintree last year. The companies had been competitors in payments but now are run as side-by-side business units under parent company eBay.

In July, PayPal and Braintree welcomed a new competitor into the Australian market with the entrance of payment upstart Stripe.

“It’s great to have as many players in the market as you can possibly handle helping merchants move forward,” Hackwood said.

Braintree also launched the SDK today in France, Sweden, the UK, Canada, and Germany. The SDK had been previously available in the US.

Adam Bender covers telco and enterprise tech issues for Computerworld and is the author of dystopian sci-fi novels We, The Watched and Divided We Fall. Follow him on Twitter: @WatchAdam

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