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Nexus Imprint brings fingerprint sensor support to Android M

September 29th, 2015

Google has unveiled Nexus Imprint, a system that brings fingerprint sensor support to its latest phones and the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile operating system. It will enable the entire app ecosystem to make use of fingerprint recognition and will also work with Android Pay to authenticate an in-store payment, says the company. More

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

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

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 has found. 4% have made an NFC mobile payment,… More

Android Pay requires secure lock screen

September 14th, 2015

Google is requiring users to have a secure lock screen set-up in order to use Android Pay, Droid Life reports. “Google is taking this requirement seriously, saying that they will wipe your Android Pay account of all cards if you try and sign-in but don’t setup a secure lock screen.”

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

Google and Samsung sign up to MasterCard Digital Enablement Express

September 9th, 2015

Google and Samsung are among the first digital partners to join MasterCard’s newly launched Digital Enablement Express program which aims to speed up the process of digitizing and tokenizing MasterCard accounts through the MasterCard Digital Enablement… More

MasterCard sees “strong uptake” of Apple Pay

September 8th, 2015

“We are seeing strong uptake; these technologies will take time to grow but we’re seeing adoption track really well,” MasterCard’s chief emerging payments officer Ed McLaughlin said of Apple Pay during an interview with Fortune. “Android Pay is going to be more interesting because it will be compatible to Google’s latest version of its operating system. It will be interesting to see how quickly that moves.”

Android Pay to launch mid-September?

September 7th, 2015

An internal memo leaked from Verizon Wireless reveals that the carrier believes Google is set to launch Android Pay on September 16, Phandroid reports.

Android Pay will launch ‘very soon’

September 2nd, 2015

Android Pay will launch “very, very soon,” Google’s head of commerce partnerships Jack Connors told Mobile Payments Conference in Chicago this week. “I will be very surprised if, come November, an Android user doesn’t know about Android Pay,” Connors said, adding the service will come equipped with ‘Smart Tap’, a feature allowing users to pass information such as mobile loyalty cards with payment details at checkout.

Google ‘shut down’ beacon project

September 2nd, 2015

A Google service called Google Here that would send notifications via Google Maps and beacons in participating stores was shut by CEO Larry Page this year. “The launch included partnerships with retailers including Starbucks,” Fortune reports. “People familiar with the project say it was shut down for two reasons; Google Here was potentially too invasive, and the company wasn’t sure if many retailers would want it.”

Google Play adds Android Pay option

September 1st, 2015

A new update to the Google Play services app could let users select between Google Wallet and Android Pay under a ‘Tap and Pay’ option. “The only problem is this feature has to be turned on by Google before it becomes accessible,” Android Authority reports. Android Pay is expected to launch “soon”, according to a tweet from the official Android account.

Google invites for Project Soli tests

August 27th, 2015

Google is notifying developers of an impending Project Soli Alpha DevKit and is asking those notified to fill out an application for the chance to receive one, Android Police reports. “Google notes the DevKits are very limited, stating there are only ‘a few dozen’ to go around,” it says. Project Soli was unveiled at I/O in June and will work to bring hand-gesture technology to wearables.

Google says Android Pay is coming ‘soon’

August 27th, 2015

Google has broken its silence following speculation its Android Pay mobile payments platform was to be launched on August 26 by confirming it will be available soon. “Looking forward to Android Pay? Stay tuned. #soon,” a tweet from the official Android account read.

Android Pay launch date leak

August 24th, 2015

Android Pay could be launching on Wednesday, August 26, a leaked memo from fast-food chain McDonald’s to its US employees suggests. “We’ve got at least one source showing that McDonald’s is distributing this date to multiple stores,” Android Police reports. The report comes as Google launches the final version of its Android 6.0 Marshmallow developer preview.

Join NFC World for a live Q&A with HCE pioneer Doug Yeager

August 13th, 2015

The next event in NFC World’s free educational webinar series will be a unique opportunity to get answers to your technical, business and operational questions on mobile payments from host card emulation (HCE) pioneer Doug… More

MCX member Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay and more

August 12th, 2015

US pharmacy chain Rite Aid, a member of the MCX retailer-owned mobile payments consortium, will accept Apple Pay and other mobile payment services in its stores from August 15, following its decision to stop accepting… More

Less than half of US small businesses aware of EMV liability shift

August 7th, 2015

Only 49% of small business owners in the US that accept point-of-sale card payments today are aware of the EMV liability shift on October 1, with just 29% intending to make the change before the deadline and 34% intending to do so afterwards. More

LG and Google could partner for Android Pay launch

August 6th, 2015

LG Electronics has reportedly partnered with Google to launch Android Pay on its next Google Nexus phone, expected to become available in October. “The Nexus phone is a trial product featuring the latest version of Android OS,” Business Korea reports. Google unveiled the NFC mobile payments platform during its Google I/O 2015 keynote in May.

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