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    Android Pay launches in Hong Kong

    October 20th, 2016

    Google is rolling out its Android Pay mobile payment service in Hong Kong with support for Mastercard and Visa cards from The Bank of East Asia, DBS, Dah Sing Bank, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC and Standard… More

    PayPal tops mobile payment apps in US, but retailers want Apple Pay

    October 18th, 2016

    Nearly one in five US smartphone owners (18%) have now used a mobile payment app, research released by Parks Associates reveals, with PayPal proving to be the most popular among all US smartphone users with… More

    Android Pay heads to Canada

    October 12th, 2016

    Android Pay may be heading to Canada judging by the mobile app’s most recent update which “seems to list strings of code that includes references to Interac,” according to Android Headlines. “Although this doesn’t give any details, such as which banks may support Android Pay following a Canadian launch, the strings that mention Interac do suggest that at least some banking institutions will be adding support for the mobile payment platform in the near future.”

    UK Vodafone customers get NFC payments through PayPal

    October 10th, 2016

    Vodafone customers in the UK can now make NFC mobile payments through PayPal using Vodafone Wallet at any contactless terminal as well as across the Transport for London (TfL) network and on National Rail services… More

    Google unveils VR headset that pairs with NFC

    October 5th, 2016

    Google has launched a virtual reality headset that works in conjunction with smartphones supporting its Daydream mobile VR platform and uses NFC to connect the devices. The first smartphones to support the new Daydream View… More

    Android Pay ends Google Wallet card transfer

    October 3rd, 2016

    Previous users of Google Wallet will not be permitted to transfer cards to Android Pay from October 14. “Many former Google Wallet users were able to bring any card they had in Wallet to Android Pay, even if it wasn’t a supported bank,” 9to5Google reports. “Google has revealed via email that those grandfathered cards will no longer be supported on October 14. Google doesn’t cite a specific reason for this change, only stating that this was always going to be limited time only.”

    NXP rebrands Mifare SDK as TapLinx

    September 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP has updated its Mifare SDK and changed the name of the developer tool to TapLinx. The update allows “smoother and faster” creation of Android-based NFC mobile applications and offers support for the… More

    Android Pay users get free London travel and coffee

    September 28th, 2016

    Mastercard customers using Google’s Android Pay will be able to travel for free around London when using the city’s transport network on four Mondays in October. They will also be eligible for a free hot drink at Caffè… More

    Android Pay adds 44 US banks

    September 21st, 2016

    Google has added a further 44 banks and credit unions to its list of Android Pay supporters in the US, following support from UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest and Ulster Bank earlier this month and the addition of TSB announced this week. “The Android Pay team is seemingly on a roll at the moment, adding many new banks over the past few months,” Android Police reports.

    TSB adds Android Pay support

    September 20th, 2016

    Customers of UK bank TSB can now add their debit and credit cards to Android Pay and earn cashback for purchases. “With TSB’s Classic Plus bank account and Mastercard credit card, customers can earn 5% cashback on the first £100 (US$130.39) of contactless purchases — which includes Android Pay — each month,” TSB says. UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank added support for Android Pay earlier this month.

    More UK banks sign up for Android Pay

    September 14th, 2016

    UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank now support Android Pay. “TSB customers will also soon be able to add their cards to Android Pay, with a roll out planned this month,” Google says. Android Pay launched in the UK in May 2016. TSB announced in July that it would support the mobile payment platform from the fourth quarter of this year.

    NAB to allow instant use of approved cards through NAB Pay

    September 13th, 2016

    Customers of National Australia Bank (NAB) will soon be able to use the bank’s NAB Pay host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment app to make purchases via newly approved personal Visa credit cards without… More

    Gemalto helps Spanish Carrefour customers get mobile payments

    September 12th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers shopping at supermarket giant Carrefour in Spain will soon be able to load a digital version of their existing PASS Carrefour banking card and the retailer’s loyalty program to their Android phone… More

    Android Pay heads to the web

    September 8th, 2016

    Android Pay will soon be available as a checkout option on mobile websites. “Users will soon be able to speed through mobile checkout on Chrome using Android Pay on sites like, and many more to come,” Google writes. The service now also works for Chase members, following reports in August 2016 that the bank was planning to add Android Pay support. Google enhanced its APIs to take Android Pay to the web in May this year.

    US study reveals increased use and awareness of Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay

    September 5th, 2016

    Nearly nine in ten US consumers with Apple Pay compatible devices (89%) are now aware of the mobile payment service, research released by First Annapolis Consulting reveals. 64% of those owning Android Pay compatible devices… More

    Wirecard eases Alipay acceptance in Europe

    September 2nd, 2016

    German technology provider Wirecard has launched an app allowing European retailers to accept Alipay QR code mobile payments from Chinese tourists. “Retailers will soon be able to download the Scan Alipay iOS app from the app store,” Wirecard says. “An Android version will follow in the course of this year. The app will be taken up predominantly by catering establishments and clothing retailers.” Wirecard began rolling out support for Alipay mobile payments across Europe in December 2015. In June 2016 it was reported that Alipay is in talks to negotiate a 25% stake in Wirecard.

    Sharp rise for Apple Pay and Android Pay

    September 1st, 2016

    Online and in-app purchases made via Apple Pay and Android Pay will reach US$8bn in 2018, up from $540m this year, Juniper Research predicts. “Staples, for example, has already reported that over 30% of its iOS app users make in-app purchases through Apple Pay,” the firm says. “Meanwhile, despite the continued contraction of the consumer tablet market, more than 85% of remote goods payments are forecast to be made using mobile devices in 2021.”

    Android Pay heads to Japan

    September 1st, 2016

    Google is collaborating with financial services giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to launch its Android Pay mobile payment service in Japan this autumn. “Android Pay initially will incorporate debit cards issued by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,” Nikkei reports. “The digital wallet also will use credit cards issued by Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos by year’s end at the soonest. Google is negotiating with East Japan Railway Company, NTT Docomo, Rakuten, JCB and other Japanese digital money providers to make their reader systems compatible with Android Pay.”

    ING Direct allows donations with Android Pay

    August 31st, 2016

    Australian bank ING Direct has begun supporting Android Pay and is donating $1 (US$0.75) to the Ability Mate charity every time someone makes a purchase using the service. “While our customers are using technology to make their lives easier, they will in turn be contributing towards an amazing technology platform that can make a huge difference in the lives of those living with disabilities or mobility issues,” says the bank’s John Arnott.

    JPMorgan Chase to support Android Pay

    August 24th, 2016

    US bank JPMorgan Chase is to support Android Pay from 7 September 2016, claims a leaked internal document seen by Android Police. “According to an anonymous Chase employee, Chase will begin supporting Google’s NFC-based payment system in just over two weeks,” the publication says. “This includes Chase consumer credit cards that are Visa-branded, both business and consumer debit cards and Chase Liquid cards.” The bank unveiled its own Chase Pay mobile payments service in October 2015.

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