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Softcard to close down on 31 March

March 9th, 2015

The Softcard mobile wallet service is to close down altogether at the end of March 2015 in the wake of a deal between Google and the three US carriers that founded the NFC payments venture. “As of 3/31 your Softcard app will no longer work,” the company says. “You can continue to use the Softcard app until 3/31. After that your account will be closed. To keep using a digital wallet app download Google Wallet now.”

SpotMe app lets Android users spend Apple Pay cash

March 3rd, 2015

Android users can spend their iPhone-owning friends’ money using a new app that can capture NFC payment transaction tokens from other devices and hold onto them before spending them later. More

Google ‘to release Android Pay API in May’

February 26th, 2015

Google is working on an Android Pay API that will be “built from the ground up” for Android developers and makes use of host card emulation, “a source close to the matter” has told Ars… More

Softcard confirms it is to shut down

February 24th, 2015

Google’s deal with AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless to have Google Wallet pre-installed on their Android phones marks the end of the road for Softcard, the NFC payments joint venture set up as… More

Google teams up with US carriers for NFC mobile payments

February 23rd, 2015

Google Wallet will be pre-installed on all Android phones supplied by Softcard partners AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless from “later this year”, Ariel Bardin, Google’s vice president of payments, has announced. The deal… More

Google renews wallet discussions with carriers

February 23rd, 2015

Google is in a new round of discussions with mobile network operators to get its Google Wallet payments service widely distributed on mobile devices, the Wall Street Journal reports, with incentives on offer believed to include paying carriers to feature Google Wallet prominently on their Android phones and, potentially, a share of advertising revenues. Google first discussed collaborating on Google Wallet with carriers around the world in 2012. Its renewed interest is believed to be driven by a need to compete with both Apple Pay and a widely anticipated Samsung Pay service.

HSBC to introduce HCE NFC payments on Android phones?

February 20th, 2015

There are signs that global bank HSBC could be preparing to roll out host card emulation (HCE) based NFC payments on Android devices in the UK, after an NFC World reader spotted that the HSBC… More

Google in talks to buy Softcard to combat Apple Pay?

January 19th, 2015

Google is responding to the successful launch of Apple Pay by going on the mobile payments acquisition trail, according to industry rumours — and US carrier-owned NFC venture Softcard, which laid off 60 staff last week,… More

Google Wallet adds Touch ID

December 17th, 2014

The iOS version of Google Wallet now enables users to use Touch ID fingerprint verification for “secure and quick access” to the mobile wallet. Google Wallet 8.0 for iOS also lets consumers divide the cost of any transaction through a split the check function.

Google Wallet 8.0 now available

December 15th, 2014

Version 8.0 of Google Wallet is now available to download from Google Play in the US. “The latest version of Google Wallet for Android makes it easier to manage your gift cards and loyalty programs in one, centralised location,” Google says.

Outspoken texts offers to wallets

December 8th, 2014

Mobile messaging provider Outspoken has added support for Google Wallet to its digital wallet delivery solution, enabling marketers to distribute offers to a user’s mobile wallet via a text message. “Outspoken’s technology uniquely delivers pass files using SMS and MMS, sending the pass as a text message attachment or in the form of a link,” the company explains. The platform already supports Apple Passbook.

Google Wallet offers discounts

November 25th, 2014

Google Wallet has announced availability of a variety of discounts to online shoppers who choose to Buy With Google this holiday season. “Choose Buy with Google and get big savings from B and H, Beautylish, CheapTickets, Eat24, Expedia, Fancy, JackThreads, LivingSocial, Newegg.com, Pose, Rue La La, Vinted USA and Wish this holiday season,” the company says.

30% of US smartphone owners to use mobile payments this holiday season

November 21st, 2014

Nearly one in three (30%) US smartphone owners say they plan to use mobile payment offerings such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet for shopping in stores this holiday season, Bluetooth ‘connected card’ maker Stratos’ 2014 Holiday Mobile Payments Survey has found. 17% said they would spend more because of these new payment options and 5% said they felt “more comfortable” paying with their device than using traditional payment cards.

Google Wallet adds refer-a-friend program

November 20th, 2014

Google has introduced a refer-a-friend program to reward consumers with US$5 each time they introduce a friend to Google Wallet. “Simply send money (even a penny works) to a friend of yours who doesn’t have a Google Wallet balance yet,” the company explains. “When they claim the money and verify their identity, you’ll each receive $5 in your Wallet balance.”

Google exits digital goods payments

November 17th, 2014

Google is to “retire” its Google Wallet for digital goods API and has told merchants who currently let customers pay for digital goods via Google Wallet on their websites that they will need to remove API calls to the service by 2 March 2015. Those who exclusively use Google “will need to transition to an alternate solution”, the company says. Support will continue for both in-app payments and apps sold via the Google Play store, Google adds.

Apple Pay boosts Google Wallet

November 10th, 2014

Google Wallet has seen an uplift of 50% in transactions on a weekly basis since Apple Pay’s launch, with users almost doubling on a monthly basis “in the recent couple of months”, reports Ars Technica.

Google Wallet gets automatic top-ups

November 4th, 2014

An new version of Google Wallet, now available for Android and iOS devices, offers additional ways to add money to a user’s account balance. “With the latest version of Google Wallet you’ll be able to add money automatically to your wallet balance and set up low balance alerts, so that you’ll always have money in your wallet balance when you need it,” product manager Andrew Waterman says.

Chase and Vantiv to offer Poynt POS

November 4th, 2014

Chase Paymentech and Vantiv, two of the largest payment processors in the US, have signed up to distribute the former head of Google Wallet’s new Poynt POS terminal to their merchant bases. The device, unveiled by Osama Bedier’s startup last week, supports magnetic stripe, EMV, NFC, QR codes and Bluetooth beacon technology.

Bedier unveils Poynt POS

October 31st, 2014

The former head of Google Wallet has unveiled a payment terminal supporting mag stripe, EMV, NFC, QR codes and beacon technology with no add-ons or dongles needed. Poynt is both a stylish POS terminal and the name of the startup behind it. “We wanted to make sure this device would keep up with the rapidly changing payments landscape,” says Osama Bedier. “We call upon banks and developers to join us in this mission to do for merchants what smartphones have done for consumers — usher in a new chapter of commerce.”

US payments body hits out at Rite Aid and CVS

October 28th, 2014

“The decision by CVS and Rite Aid to block mobile payments services like Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Softcard is anti-consumer and anti-competitive,” says US-based trade body the Electronic Transactions Association (ETA), following the MCX consortium… More

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