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    Android Pay offers Christmas rewards

    December 6th, 2016

    Android Pay users in the UK are receiving virtual Christmas rewards whenever they use the mobile payment service to pay in-store or on the Transport for London network. More than 100,000 gift cards can be won while, with each payment, users can collect virtual coins — five of which earn a £3 (US$3.82) Costa Coffee gift card, Google’s Pali Bhat writes. The Shop.Tap.Reward campaign runs until the end of 2016.

    American Express launches NFC mobile payments in Canada

    December 1st, 2016

    American Express cardholders across Canada can now make NFC mobile payments using Amex Pay, a new feature added to the Amex App. The service is available for customers with eligible consumer, small business and corporate… More

    Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand

    December 1st, 2016

    Android Pay is launching in New Zealand initially only for customers of BNZ bank who own a Visa Flexi debit card. “New Zealanders have a longstanding affinity with electronic payments, as shown most recently by… More

    Dutch bank launches HCE mobile payments app

    November 30th, 2016

    Dutch bank ABN Amro has launched a mobile payments app for Android using host card emulation (HCE) technology, allowing customers to make purchases up to €2,500 (US$2,659) each day with smartphones running Android 5.0 or… More

    USAA Bank adds insurance cards to digital wallet

    November 30th, 2016

    USAA Bank has updated its digital wallet offering to enable users to add their auto insurance card and medical insurance card to the app. “Members can access their proof of insurance, including a printable PDF for insured vehicles,” USAA says. “Members can also access their Medicare insurance information through their digital wallet.” The service also offers support for Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay for USAA Visa and American Express debit and credit cardholders. It added biometric authentication in January 2015.

    Android Pay to include a game?

    November 25th, 2016

    Mobile payments service Android Pay could have a game built into it, with prizes on offer, an APK teardown report from Android Police suggests. A set of strings using a ‘tap_game’ prefix has been found, with the game likely to involve coins or tokens. Meanwhile, users could be encouraged to share something about the game with friends via social media networks.

    Covent Garden offers augmented reality gift for Christmas shoppers

    November 22nd, 2016

    London’s Covent Garden shopping district is showcasing what it claims to be the largest showcase of augmented reality (AR) technology attempted in one location, with Christmas shoppers offered exclusive offers, gift guides and immersive shopping… More

    Samsung Pay aims for Taiwan mobile payments lead

    November 22nd, 2016

    Samsung Pay is aiming to grasp “the largest share” of the Taiwan market following approval from the Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) to enter the country, along with Apple Pay and Android Pay. “Several banks that work with the three mobile payment brands are testing their systems and seek approval from the FSC before the Samsung services kick off in the local market,” China Post reports. Samsung Pay’s Thomas Ko spoke to NFC World about the mobile payment service’s expansion plans at Money20/20 last month.

    NFC payments coming to Android Wear 2.0?

    November 22nd, 2016

    A Google Play Services v10.0 APK teardown conducted by Android Police has revealed Google may be adding support for NFC payments through Android Pay to its Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch update. “Most of the strings have ‘wear’ and ‘tp’ prefix, which is used for elements in the Tap and Pay interface,” the publication says. “The actual text also makes a couple of references each to Android Pay and the phrase ‘your watch’, leaving no room for misinterpretation.”

    Criminals reported to have used NFC mobile phones in Tesco Bank attack

    November 21st, 2016

    UPDATE The criminals behind a Tesco Bank attack used NFC mobile phones to launder money stolen during a theft that saw about 9,000 customers affected by fraudulent transactions worth an estimated £2.5m (US$3.1m), according to… More

    Android Pay launches in Poland

    November 17th, 2016

    Android Pay has begun rolling out across Poland, allowing consumers with compatible devices to make payments at more than 400,000 retail locations in the country that accept contactless payments. The service launches with support from… More

    Apple’s NFC restriction hits mobile payments innovation, Australian banks claim

    November 14th, 2016

    The group of Australian banks taking on Apple over access to the NFC technology within iPhone handsets says the restriction is not only preventing the introduction of mobile wallet services across multiple platforms but also… More

    Montreal to get NFC transport payments

    November 14th, 2016

    Some 100 employees of Montreal’s public transit network STM are beta-testing a service that will enable commuters on the Metro to pay using their NFC smartphones. “The first phase of testing has gone well over the last two weeks but the application won’t be immediately available to the public,” CBC reports. “There are adjustments that would need to be made such as ensuring the application is available on all smartphones, since it only currently works on Android devices.”

    Airport launches Android app to deliver offers via iBeacon

    November 11th, 2016

    Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar has launched an Android version of its mobile app, which uses iBeacon technology to deliver passengers information about special offers at retail outlets, as well as real-time details on flights, baggage claim and location-based services. The iOS version of the HIA Qatar app has also been upgraded to make use of Apple’s indoor mapping service. “Investing in state-of-the-art technology is crucial for maintaining our position among the top airports in the world,” says Suhail Kadri at HIA.

    Banca Intesa launches HCE mobile payments in Serbia

    November 11th, 2016

    Customers of Serbia’s Banca Intesa — a subsidiary of Italian banking group Intesa Sanpaolo — have become the first in the Balkan country to be able to make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments,… More

    Citibank launches Citi Pay mobile wallet and NFC payments service

    November 10th, 2016

    Citibank has launched a new mobile wallet using Mastercard’s Masterpass digital payment service, allowing up to 100m of its customers to make purchases online and in-app, as well as NFC mobile payments in-store, in 33… More

    US consumers’ use of in-store mobile payments set to soar

    November 10th, 2016

    The value of mobile payment transactions made in the US is expected to rise 183.3% this year to US$27.67bn, more than doubling next year and reaching US$314.13bn by the year 2020, research released by eMarketer… More

    Tatra Banka launches HCE and tokenization mobile payments in Slovakia

    November 8th, 2016

    Customers of Slovakian bank Tatra Banka can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using their Android handsets. The MobilePay service, which makes use of tokenization, has been launched in partnership with Visa and is available to all customers with a Visa debit, credit, corporate or private card. Tatra Banka launched an NFC mobile payments service with Orange Slovakia and O2 in August 2013.

    Capital One added to Android Pay support list in US

    November 8th, 2016

    Capital One has now been added to the list of banks and financial institutions supporting Android Pay in the US. There are now 438 such institutions supporting the mobile payments service, after another 37 were added to the list last week. The bank’s debit cards, plus Visa and Mastercard credit cards, are supported, according to Android Police, but not Partnership Credit, Visa corporate or non-US credit cards.

    PayPal tops US digital payment preference

    November 2nd, 2016

    More than half of US consumers (60%) are currently using a method of digital payment with the most popular proving to be PayPal, used by 51%, a study conducted by Thales in conjunction with Wakefield Research reveals. Apple Pay came in second with 11%, followed by Google Wallet (7%), Android Pay (6%), Chase Pay (6%), Samsung Pay (5%) and Venmo (3%). “88% of respondents reported they would discontinue using digital payments if they personally fell victim to cybercriminal activities as a result of a data breach,” the survey finds.

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