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    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 Balances can be withdrawn at any time.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

    Analyst compares global take-up of key mobile payment services

    March 4th, 2016

    Apple Pay has attracted 12m monthly users globally since its launch in October 2014, while Google’s Android Pay has attracted 5m monthly users since becoming available in September 2015 and Samsung Pay has also attracted 5m monthly users, according to research by Crone Consulting which has been reported by Bloomberg. Those numbers equate to some 6% of consumers able to make use of Apple Pay, the company estimates, compared to 4% for Samsung Pay and 1% for Android Pay.

    Google reports on US Android Pay adoption

    March 3rd, 2016

    Android Pay has averaged 1.5m new registrations each month in the US since the mobile payment service’s launch in September 2015, Google has revealed. “There are now over 2m locations that accept tap and pay — we’re busy working to bring the convenience of Android Pay to more countries and a growing list of stores and apps,” the company says.

    Google pilots hands-free payments in San Francisco

    March 3rd, 2016

    Shoppers in San Francisco’s South Bay area are being invited to take part in a pilot test of Hands Free, a payment service developed by Google that uses a combination of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Wi-Fi and location services to let consumers make in-store payments without taking their mobile phone out of their pocket. More

    58% of millennials prefer friends to pay cash

    March 3rd, 2016

    Nearly six in ten US millennials (58%) say cash is their preferred way of paying and being paid by friends, followed by P2P payment apps (26%), cheque (8%) and electronic bank transfer (8%), GOBankingRates reveals. Of the 26% who chose P2P payment apps, 11% prefer PayPal, followed by Venmo (6%), Google Wallet (5%) and Square Cash (4%).

    Android Pay to make UK debut in March?

    February 29th, 2016

    Android Pay will launch in the UK in March, according to The Telegraph. “Google will announce that Android Pay will be available in Britain from the end of next month,” the publication reports. Apple Pay has been live in the UK since July 2015 while Samsung Pay is expected to make its UK debut later this year.

    Trust in Apple as a mobile wallet brand increases in the UK

    February 25th, 2016

    Trust in Apple as a mobile wallet provider has increased to 25% among UK consumers, nearing the 27% trust shown for MasterCard, market researcher Marketing Sciences reveals. “Apple has improved from a figure of 18% back in summer 2014 to be trusted by fully 25% today,” the company’s Richard Snoxell writes in a blog post. PayPal has the highest trust rating with 40%, followed by banks (36%) and Visa (33%). Trust in Google stands at 17%.

    Nearly 1bn to use NFC payments by 2019

    February 25th, 2016

    A total of 1.09bn people will be making mobile proximity payments globally by 2019, of which 939.10m will be made through NFC, Ovum’s new m-payments forecast reveals. The total transaction value of mobile proximity payments will grow from US$4.77bn to $141.21bn over the same time period. More

    Google selects Oberthur to deploy Android Pay internationally

    February 19th, 2016

    Google has chosen Oberthur Technologies (OT) to support the international deployment of Android Pay, with an initial launch in Australia scheduled this year. “With its Digital Enablement Platform, OT will support financial institutions in offering their customers this new service by enrolling their payment cards into Android Pay,” OT says. “Together, OT and Android Pay will offer financial institutions a one-stop-shop platform to enable and operate the service.”

    Bell ID to support Android Pay integration

    February 18th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Bell ID has added support for Android Pay to its Token Service Provider (TSP) solution, allowing its customers at issuing banks, payment schemes and processors to keep tokenization and detokenization in-house when they offer secure NFC payments on Android phones using Google’s payment system. More

    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

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