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    Android users to get app-free beacon messages

    February 11th, 2016

    Google has begun supporting the physical web in its Chrome browser for Android, enabling users to discover web content relevant to their surroundings via Eddystone Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons — without needing to download… More

    APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia

    February 5th, 2016

    Members of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) are currently exploring the possibility of implementing a voluntary code of practice to regulate digital wallets in the country. The association’s 100 members were due to respond… More

    Google to reward Android Pay users for in-store purchases

    January 18th, 2016

    Android Pay users across the US will soon be able to earn rewards such as Google Store credit, Google Play Music subscriptions and Chromecast devices when using the mobile payment service for in-store purchases. The promotion will run… More

    Android Pay to launch in Australia, adds in-app payments in US

    December 16th, 2015

    Google will launch its Android Pay mobile payment service across Australia in the first half of 2016 with support from several of the country’s major financial institutions, including ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank and St George. The mobile payment service has also enabled in-app payments in the US. More

    Google Wallet adds P2P transfers via SMS

    December 11th, 2015

    Google Wallet users will soon be able to send money to anyone in their contact list using just a phone number. “When you send money to a phone number, the recipient will get a text message with a secure link,” Google writes in a blogpost. “They can simply enter their debit card to claim the money and it will be available in their bank account within minutes.” Google relaunched and repositioned Google Wallet as a P2P payment solution in September 2015.

    London station offers audio navigation using BLE

    December 9th, 2015

    Blind and partially sighted people are being guided around London’s Euston station via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and Wayfindr, a venture between UK charity the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) and digital studio ustwo. “The Wayfindr standard will launch in early 2016, setting the first guidelines for audio navigation for vision impaired people,” the company says. It was recently awarded a US$1m grant from the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities programme.

    Apple Pay transactions decline on Black Friday

    December 3rd, 2015

    Only 2.7% of US shoppers with Apple Pay used the service on Black Friday to make a purchase in a store equipped to accept the mobile payment technology — representing a decrease from 4.9% last year, research from InfoScout reveals. Just 2% of Android owners used their device to make a mobile payment for eligible transactions during the day. More

    Google boosts Android Pay adoption with $1m charity fund

    November 25th, 2015

    Google is to give up to US$1m to the DonorsChoose.org charity by the end of December by donating US$1 for every purchase made in the US using Android Pay. On Black Friday (November 27), donations… More

    American Express unveils NFC, HCE and tokenization platform

    November 18th, 2015

    American Express has launched Amex Enabled Digital Solution, a platform incorporating support for multiple digital wallets, contactless payments based on NFC and host card emulation (HCE), tokenization and express checkout services. The platform is designed to help both banks and merchants, Amex’s Mike Matan told NFC World. More

    Android Pay signs up “millions” of users, readies loyalty programs

    October 27th, 2015

    Android Pay has signed up “millions” of users since its launch in the US in September 2015, Google’s Sridhar Ramaswamy has told attendees during his keynote at Money20/20. He also announced that single tap loyalty rewards are set to go live at NFC-enabled Coke vending machines in the next “few weeks”. More

    MasterCard partners with P97 to enable mobile payments and rewards at the pump

    October 8th, 2015

    MasterCard has announced a global partnership with mobile payments at the pump provider P97 to enable mobile payments and rewards at gas stations and convenience stores that are equipped with P97’s PetroZone platform. “Powered by… More

    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 Gocompare.com 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.”

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