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Samsung unveils Galaxy S6 with NFC and LoopPay mobile payments

March 1st, 2015

Owners of Samsung’s new Galaxy S6 flagship phone will be able to make mobile payments at merchants equipped with both legacy magnetic stripe card terminals and those with contactless POS terminals, Samsung boss JK Shin… More

Chip makers AMS and ST team up for wearable NFC payments

February 26th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: The technology used to boost the NFC signal in Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is now being made available for easy use by a wide range of wearable device and mobile phone… More

Google ‘to release Android Pay API in May’

February 26th, 2015

Google is working on an Android Pay API that will be “built from the ground up” for Android developers and makes use of host card emulation, “a source close to the matter” has told Ars… More

MasterCard reports on HCE payments tests in 15 countries

February 25th, 2015

MasterCard is currently conducting more than 25 host card emulation (HCE) projects in 15 countries, the payments network has announced, with multiple issuers now moving close to commercial deployments. “In offering an alternative to the… More

Consultant: Apple Pay fraud “rampant”

February 23rd, 2015

Apple Pay fraud levels are now “rampant” with every Apple Pay (AP) issuer having seen “significant” provisioning fraud, payments consultant Cherian Abraham claims in a detailed blog post. The fraud levels being experienced “came as a surprise to all”, he writes. “Tokenization, on-device secure storage and biometrics separately and together are formidable, but the soft underbelly proved to be provisioning of cards into AP.”

Google teams up with US carriers for NFC mobile payments

February 23rd, 2015

Google Wallet will be pre-installed on all Android phones supplied by Softcard partners AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless from “later this year”, Ariel Bardin, Google’s vice president of payments, has announced. The deal… More

Google renews wallet discussions with carriers

February 23rd, 2015

Google is in a new round of discussions with mobile network operators to get its Google Wallet payments service widely distributed on mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reports, with incentives on offer believed to include paying carriers to feature Google Wallet prominently on their Android phones and, potentially, a share of advertising revenues. Google first discussed collaborating on Google Wallet with carriers around the world in 2012. Its renewed interest is believed to be driven by a need to compete with both Apple Pay and a widely anticipated Samsung Pay service.

Mobile app just the ticket for Barcelona fans

February 20th, 2015

Fans of FC Barcelona are now able to use their smartphones instead of paper tickets to gain access to the Nou Camp stadium. The Spanish club has launched the Mobile Ticket project, a service that… More

Samsung confirms mobile wallet ambitions with LoopPay deal

February 19th, 2015

Samsung Electronics has announced it is to buy LoopPay, the startup that has developed a way for mobile payments to be made at standard magnetic stripe card terminals. LoopPay’s technology is expected to form part… More

Apple Pay hits delays in China

February 16th, 2015

“Apple Pay has hit bumps in China despite Apple’s efforts to make friends with Alibaba and UnionPay,” Caixin reports. Talks between Apple and the national payments network, which were due to lead to an agreement in March, “have stalled”, the report adds, while Apple still has regulatory hurdles to overcome as “it’s unclear whether the product meets the government’s requirements for a commercial operation”.

Google testing new payments service?

February 11th, 2015

Google is testing a service called Plaso “that allows people carrying Android phones to pay at retailers like Papa John’s and Panera Bread by saying their initials to employees at the cash register,” The Information reports, citing “four people who have been involved in or briefed about it.” The pilot has been live since “last fall”.

Samsung Pay to launch at MWC?

January 27th, 2015

Samsung Pay, “a payment feature which works with magnetic and NFC terminals” will ship with the Korean phone maker’s forthcoming Galaxy S6 mobile phone, BGR reports, citing a “trusted source”. The device is expected to be unveiled during Mobile World Congress 2015 while the mobile payment service is expected to use technology developed by US startup LoopPay to enable payments to be made at both contactless and magnetic stripe-based POS terminals.

SimplyTapp explains the role of token requestors in mobile payments

January 20th, 2015

PARTNER NEWS: Token requestors play a key role in the delivery of mobile payment services like Apple Pay, Doug Yeager, CEO of SimplyTapp, explains in a blog post — and taking the time to get… More

Google in talks to buy Softcard to combat Apple Pay?

January 19th, 2015

Google is responding to the successful launch of Apple Pay by going on the mobile payments acquisition trail, according to industry rumours — and US carrier-owned NFC venture Softcard, which laid off 60 staff last week,… More

Android Pay to use fingerprint security

November 27th, 2014

Android Pay, the mobile payments service being developed by China UnionPay, will use both NFC and fingerprint verification, Want China Times reports. “Android Pay adopts a similar model to Apple’s Apple Pay,” the report explains. “The difference is that there are more partners UnionPay can choose to produce the security recognition modules with and thus UnionPay may have greater influences on users than Apple Pay.”

CUP moves to block Alipay

November 17th, 2014

China UnionPay (CUP), the country’s official card payments network, has issued notifications to its member banks to tell them “to avoid working with third-party payment services like Alipay”, Want China Times reports. Alipay now has a 50% market share in China, the report adds, while CUP has an 11.9% share. Apple, which today added CUP cards as a payment option to its App Store, has been reported to be in talks with China UnionPay and also with Alipay about partnering to bring Apple Pay to China.

Google exits digital goods payments

November 17th, 2014

Google is to “retire” its Google Wallet for digital goods API and has told merchants who currently let customers pay for digital goods via Google Wallet on their websites that they will need to remove API calls to the service by 2 March 2015. Those who exclusively use Google “will need to transition to an alternate solution”, the company says. Support will continue for both in-app payments and apps sold via the Google Play store, Google adds.

MasterCard and Visa to create new security standard to replace passwords for online payments

November 13th, 2014

MasterCard is working with Visa to create a new authentication standard for online payments that will gradually replace the 3D Secure protocol with “invisible authentication”, far fewer prompts for passwords and support for a range… More

Kili acquires NFC microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity

November 12th, 2014

NFC-on-microSD pioneer DeviceFidelity has been acquired by Kili Technology, a payments processing solution provider which launched an mPOS “solution-on-a-chip” range last month. DeviceFidelity will now operate as a subsidiary of Kili with founders Deepak Jain… More

SimplyTapp raises US$6m to grow HCE

November 12th, 2014

PARTNER NEWS: Host card emulation (HCE) specialist SimplyTapp has closed a US$6m Series B funding round. The round was led by a new, undisclosed lead investor with both Lightspeed Venture Partners and Blue Sky Capital… More

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