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    Three in four Android users would use an NFC payments service

    September 25th, 2015

    More than three quarters of Android users (78%) would use a service similar to Apple Pay if it became available to them, a survey conducted by Helixion has found. Overall, half of the 450 respondents… More

    uBirds seeks funding for strap that brings NFC to any watch

    September 25th, 2015

    Warsaw-based start-up uBirds has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a leather strap that can be fitted onto any standard watch to add a range of smartwatch-like capabilities. The Unique strap includes a programmable… More

    McDonald’s to accept Alipay in more than 2,100 restaurants in China

    September 24th, 2015

    Chinese customers of fast food chain McDonald’s will soon be able to use Ant Financial’s Alipay QR code mobile payment platform to pay for their food and drink in more than 2,100 restaurants. The roll-out… More

    Korean Samsung Pay users spend $30m in first month of launch

    September 24th, 2015

    More than US$30m has been spent through Samsung Pay since the mobile payment service’s launch in Korea one month ago, Samsung has revealed. In total, more than 1.5m transactions were conducted, of which 60% took… More

    40% of UK Apple device owners have used Apple Pay

    September 23rd, 2015

    Four in ten UK consumers with an Apple Pay compatible device (40%) have used the mobile payment service to pay for goods or services since its launch in July 2015 and 15% feel that the… More

    How to develop a mobile payments roadmap — See it now on NFC World

    September 23rd, 2015

    NFC World’s ‘How to develop a mobile payments roadmap’ webinar is now available to view online. 584 people signed up to take part in the live event and participants gave the webinar an overall rating… More

    Grupo Aval introduces in-store mobile payments and offers in Colombia

    September 23rd, 2015

    Grupo Aval, Colombia’s largest financial services group, has launched a mobile payment and offers service that lets customers of its Av Villas, Banco de Bogotá, Banco de Occidente and Banco Popular banks make in-store payments… More

    Pizza Hut installs Bluetooth beacons at 1,471 locations in China

    September 22nd, 2015

    Some 1,471 Pizza Hut restaurants in mainland China have installed Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons from Sensoro to send out coupons, WeChat movie ticket prizes, special offers and discounts directly to customers’ smartphones. “Customers in… More

    Henry Holland uses NFC rings to let London Fashion Week VIPs buy direct from the catwalk

    September 22nd, 2015

    VIP guests attending fashion designer Henry Holland’s show at this week’s London Fashion Week were able to make purchases from the catwalk by tapping NFC rings against payment receiver tags attached to clothes and accessories. The… More

    Axis Bank launches mobile wallet that uses sound for in-store payments

    September 21st, 2015

    India’s Axis Bank has launched Lime, a mobile wallet that combines banking, shopping and payment services and lets customers make in-store purchases using an encrypted audio signal generated by their device. “The pay feature will allow… More

    Japanese coffee chain lets customers charge purchases to their mobile phone bill

    September 18th, 2015

    Japan’s largest coffee chain Ueshima Coffee is to let customers make purchases by charging the cost to their mobile phone bill through a partnership with carrier billing solutions provider Boku and mobile network operators KDDI… More

    80% of Brits have used alternative payment methods this year

    September 17th, 2015

    Eight in ten UK consumers with bank accounts have used an alternative to traditional cash and plastic cards in the last 12 months, research by Gocompare.com has found. 4% have made an NFC mobile payment,… More

    RapidNFC offers NFC jewellery tags for product authentication

    September 17th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: NFC tag specialist RapidNFC has introduced an NFC Jewellery Tag designed for merchants to use on high-value products including watches, rings and necklaces. This will enable users to tap their NFC devices on… More

    Absa Bank to pilot new Visa biometric chip card spec

    September 16th, 2015

    South Africa’s Absa Bank is to be the first to develop a proof of concept trial of a new Visa specification that will enable the use of biometrics to verify EMV chip card transactions. The… More

    Barclaycard uses HCE to add NFC payments to mobile app

    September 15th, 2015

    Barclaycard is to expand the functionality of its Android mobile app to include NFC mobile payments, allowing customers to make purchases at more than 300,000 locations in the UK as well as across the London… More

    RBC brings HCE mobile payments to North America

    September 14th, 2015

    The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has become the first financial institution in North America to go live with a host card emulation (HCE) mobile payment service following a pilot in December 2014. “We’ve now… More

    Russian commuters get NFC mobile ticketing in Moscow

    September 11th, 2015

    Subscribers to Russian mobile network operators MegaFon, Beeline and MTS can now pay for travel on public transport in Moscow using their NFC smartphone. The project has been implemented by the Moscow Department of Transport,… More

    Ask the Expert: HCE pioneer Doug Yeager — See it now on NFC World

    September 11th, 2015

    NFC World’s ‘Ask the Expert: HCE pioneer Doug Yeager’ webinar is now available to view online. 314 people registered to attend the live event and participants gave the presentation an overall rating of 4.2 out… More

    Google launches Android Pay in the US

    September 10th, 2015

    Google has begun rolling out its Android Pay mobile payment platform across the US today. In-store NFC mobile payments using the system will be possible at more than one million locations within the next few days, with in-app payments and loyalty expected later this year.  More

    Google repositions Wallet app

    September 10th, 2015

    Google has relaunched and repositioned its tap-and-pay Google Wallet app as a peer-to-peer payment solution ahead of the expected rollout of Android Pay later this month. “For now, two versions of Google Wallet exist in the Google Play… More

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