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    Android Pay adds 47 banks

    May 26th, 2016

    Google has added a further 47 banks and credit unions to its list of Android Pay supporting financial institutions. Capital One was originally amongst the banks added to the updated list, according to Android Police, but was later removed.

    Chili’s Grill & Bar to enable Android Pay at the table

    May 24th, 2016

    Customers of Chili’s Grill & Bar across the US will soon be able to pay for orders through Android Pay by tapping their phone against a pay-at-the-table tablet from Ziosk. The new functionality, which was unveiled at Google I/O, will be available in all of the chain’s restaurants from the third quarter of 2016. “Additionally, Chili’s guests can effortlessly enroll, login and access My Chili’s Rewards via Android wallet to leverage loyalty points and mobile payment for future restaurant visits,” Ziosk says.

    Wearable device gives users electric shock if they overspend

    May 23rd, 2016

    Owners of a Pavlok wearable device will now be given an electric shock whenever they spend too much money using a new service developed by UK-based Intelligent Environments. More

    Bank of America adds Android Pay withdrawals at ATMs

    May 19th, 2016

    Bank of America (BofA) customers can now make cash withdrawals at ATMs in the US using their mobile phone and Google’s Android Pay mobile payment service, the bank has announced at this week’s Google I/O… More

    Google enhances APIs to take Android Pay in-app and to mobile websites

    May 19th, 2016

    Google has enhanced its APIs to make it “easier than ever” for developers to integrate Android Pay for in-app and web payments with “just a few lines of code”. The company has launched Android Instant Apps, which gives users the ability to pay using Android Pay in-app “with a single tap”, and is opening its Android Pay API to all developers selling physical goods and services in markets where the mobile payment service is available. Google has also launched PaymentRequest, a new web API that will be standardized across Chrome browsers through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to enable Android Pay on mobile websites.

    Visa Europe to make it easier for banks to support third-party mobile wallets

    May 18th, 2016

    Visa Europe has launched its Visa Europe Digital Enablement Programme (VEDEP) in the UK in an effort to simplify the implementation process for banks looking to support third-party mobile wallets. Google is using the platform to launch… More

    Android Pay launches in the UK

    May 18th, 2016

    Google has launched its Android Pay mobile payment service across the UK, allowing consumers to make payments at any contactless terminal with a tap of their Android handset. The service launches with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight British banks, “with new banks being added all the time,” the company says. More

    ANZ and Westpac preparing Android Pay support

    May 17th, 2016

    Australian banks ANZ and Westpac are completing plans to launch Android Pay in the country “mid this calendar year”, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. “ANZ and Westpac, including its subsidiaries St George, Bank of Melbourne and Bank of South Australia, will join Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank and Cuscal as the first to offer Visa, MasterCard and Eftpos on Android Pay,” the publication says. Google announced its plans for an Australian launch of Android Pay in December 2015.

    UK launch imminent for Android Pay

    May 13th, 2016

    The UK launch of Google’s Android Pay mobile payment service is imminent, according to The Telegraph, after notices appeared on payment terminals at a London branch of fast food chain Pret A Manger. “According to employees at this particular Pret store, the ‘We now accept Android Pay’ tags arrived overnight and have been displayed in stores from this morning,” the publication reports. Google confirmed in March 2016 that Android Pay would be launching across the UK in the next few months.

    Google Authenticator to get NFC and BLE?

    May 3rd, 2016

    The Google Authenticator app, which generates two-step verification codes as an additional layer of security when signing in, will soon add support for NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), an APK teardown reported by Android Police reveals. “The obvious first question is whether or not NFC and BLE will be used to add accounts to the device or used to unlock other devices,” the publication says. “It could also be used for signing into various apps and services or even used to open an electronically locked door.”

    Google unveils Nexus live cases with NFC

    April 15th, 2016

    Google has unveiled a series of phone cases that interact with Nexus phones using NFC and enable users to customize their home screen with an animated wallpaper. More

    Android Pay to expand into Europe ‘soon’

    April 5th, 2016

    Google is actively working towards launching Android Pay in Europe, director of emerging platforms Spencer Spinnell has revealed at Money20/20 Europe. “Europe is particularly exciting,” he explained, and an expansion of the service to the… More

    Google confirms Wallet Card termination

    April 1st, 2016

    Google has confirmed that it is to terminate its Wallet Card on June 30. “Moving forward, we want to focus on making it easier than ever to send and receive money with the Google Wallet app,” the company says. Reports that Google was to end support for the physical card emerged earlier this week following an app teardown by Android Police.

    Barclays enables Apple Pay support?

    March 30th, 2016

    Barclays appears to be in the process of enabling support for Apple Pay in the UK, according to a terms and conditions page tweeted by a number of the bank’s customers. Barclays revealed in January that it would support the mobile payment service within “60 to 75 days”. The bank also confirmed to NFC World that it would not be supporting the launch of Google’s Android Pay in the UK, in favour of focusing on its own host card emulation (HCE) based NFC mobile payments service.

    Google to terminate Google Wallet Card

    March 29th, 2016

    Google will terminate its physical Google Wallet Card on June 30, an app teardown from Android Police reveals. “Google will continue all operations with the Wallet Card through May 1,” the publication reports. “This won’t impact the Google Wallet app or any accounts, since they will continue to be useful for sending and receiving money from other users. Balances can be withdrawn at any time. No reason has been given for terminating the physical card.”

    Barclays will not support Android Pay in the UK

    March 23rd, 2016

    “At this stage, we are not planning on participating in Android Pay in the UK,” British ‘big four’ bank Barclays has told NFC World. The bank was a notable absentee from Google’s list of banks… More

    Google to launch Android Pay in the UK in the “next few months”

    March 23rd, 2016

    Google has announced that it is to launch its Android Pay mobile payment service in the UK within the “next few months.” The service will launch with support from MasterCard, Visa and eight UK financial institutions. Barclays, one of the UK’s “big four” banks and an NFC mobile payments pioneer, is a notable absence from the list. More

    Proxama and Google bring the physical web to London buses

    March 11th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Commuters across London can now access real-time transport updates and contextually relevant advertising on their mobile phones through MyStop, a physical web service launched by mobile commerce provider Proxama with the support of Google and in partnership with out-of-home advertising provider Exterion Media. More

    Apple Pay tops US merchant mobile wallet requests

    March 4th, 2016

    Nearly half of US point of sale merchants (44%) are using or have requested information about mobile wallet solutions and 67% of those wanted Apple Pay, an investor note by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster reported by Barron’s reveals. “That figure dwarfs the 18% that requested Android Pay/Google Wallet, 8% for PayPal and 7% for Samsung Pay,” the report adds.

    Frost & Sullivan predicts surge in mobile wallet adoption

    March 4th, 2016

    The number of active mobile wallet users will rise from 409m in 2015 to 1,722m in 2023, research from Frost & Sullivan predicts, while mobile payment transaction values will increase from €289.02bn (US$315.39bn) in 2014… More

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