In an effort to make it easier for developers to add one-time checkout and recurring payments to their applications, Amazon has released new SDKs and developer materials for its Login and Pay with Amazon API.
The new SDKs, which are hosted on GitHub, are available for PHP, Ruby, and Python. SDKs for additional programming languages are in the works. In addition to its new SDKs, the Amazon Payments developer team has created new documentation for the Login and Pay with Amazon API. This documentation includes reference and integration guides, as well as interactive code samples.
Developers interested in using Amazon’s API will be able to allow users to log in to their applications using their Amazon accounts, or log in and pay using their Amazon accounts. For payments, developers can choose between Simple Checkout, which is suited to the one-time purchase of a digital or physical product, or Recurring Payments, which is suited to services paid for on a subscription basis.
APIs have taken over the payments space. Thanks in large part to developer-centric payment startups like Stripe, which have focused on creating well-designed, well-documented payment APIs, being a viable contender in the payments space today all but requires companies to deliver quality APIs and a great developer experience.
Amazon, often heralded as one of the most important platform providers because of the dominance of Amazon Web Services, has not surprisingly expanded its footprint to include payments. While the company is not yet typically mentioned alongside names like PayPal and Stripe, it does have an interesting opportunity in the space because of the vast customer base of its ecommerce business.
Amazon customers set up accounts when they make a purchase, and many store their credit card numbers to speed future purchases. With the Login and Pay with Amazon API, third parties have the ability to tap into Amazon’s customer base and reduce purchase friction in their own applications, helping them sell more.
It’s a powerful proposition and if more SDKs and improved documentation can help Amazon drive developer adoption, Amazon’s payments API could become a lot more prominent in the coming months and years.