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    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

    CUA credit union reports rising interest in redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service

    June 24th, 2015

    The number of customers using CUA’s redi2PAY HCE mobile payments service more than 35 times per month was about three times higher in March 2015 than it was six months earlier, and the number of… More

    ING to launch HCE in the Netherlands

    June 17th, 2015

    ING is to launch a mobile payments service based on host card emulation (HCE) in the Netherlands this summer following a final test with a group of the bank’s employees. “ING customers who already use the Mobile Banking app and have a suitable Android NFC smartphone — Android 4.4 KitKat or higher — will be able to make direct contactless mobile payments through the new ING Mobile Payment app after activating it with their mobile PIN,” the bank explains.

    Google unveils Android Pay

    May 28th, 2015

    Google is to introduce a new NFC mobile payments platform called Android Pay with the release of Android M later this year, vice president of engineering Dave Burke has revealed during the Google I/O 2015 keynote. More

    Sabadell HCE wallet to go live in July

    April 14th, 2015

    Spain’s Banco Sabadell is to make its HCE-based mobile payments service, developed in partnership with MasterCard, available to customers in July. The launch follows a pilot conducted with the bank’s employees using a platform provided by Carta Worldwide. “To use Sabadell Wallet, users will have to have a smartphone with Android operating system (at least in Kitkat version) and NFC availability,” the bank says.

    Bell ID reports 75% growth in orders

    March 24th, 2015

    PARTNER NEWS: Orders are up 75% year-on-year at HCE and tokenization specialist Bell ID, the company reports, “with 90% of all new orders and requests for proposals focusing on mobile solutions.” The growth in sales… 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

    Amex adds tokens and HCE

    November 3rd, 2014

    American Express has announced the US launch of American Express Token Service, a suite of solutions enabling traditional card account numbers to be replaced with tokens for mobile, online, in-store and NFC payments. Network specifications for host card emulation (HCE) are now also available globally, says Amex, providing “card-issuing partners with additional security options and solutions for payments made with mobile NFC-enabled devices that support Android OS KitKat.”

    Australian credit union launches HCE payments

    July 14th, 2014

    CUA, Australia’s largest customer-owned financial institution, has become the first in the Asia Pacific region to launch an NFC payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) technology. To use the new redi2PAY… More

    BBVA launches NFC payments based on Visa HCE specifications

    June 30th, 2014

    BBVA has become the first bank to launch a commercial NFC payments service that makes use of Visa’s cloud-based payments specifications. Customers in Spain with an Android NFC handset can use host card emulation (HCE)… More

    Samsung adds Galaxy K Zoom with NFC

    April 29th, 2014

    Samsung has expanded its NFC phone range with the addition of the Galaxy K Zoom. The “camera-specialized smartphone” enables users to “effortlessly capture and share their most important everyday moments in stunning clarity, with the… More

    SIMalliance issues HCE security warning

    April 29th, 2014

    “Host card emulation is good for the NFC ecosystem as a whole, but remains immature, unstandardised and, relative to secure element based deployments, vulnerable to malicious attack,” says SIM card manufacturer association SIMalliance, which has… More

    Midrange Samsung gets NFC

    April 10th, 2014

    Samsung’s Galaxy Ace Style mid-range smartphone, announced this week, is to come with NFC. The device, which features a 4-inch display and runs Android 4.4 Kitkat, will ship globally this month and is expected to retail at between €200 and €300.

    HTC launches One M8 smartphone with NFC

    March 26th, 2014

    HTC‘s newest flagship smartphone, the HTC One (M8), has been announced and is available as a Google Play Edition running stock Android 4.4 KitKat, or from carriers worldwide with the handset maker’s own HTC Sense 6… More

    Google Wallet ends support for physical secure elements

    March 17th, 2014

    From 14 April 2014 it will only be possible to use Google Wallet to make an NFC payment using a device that supports host card emulation (HCE). “Devices with Android versions older than Android 4.4… More

    Banco Sabadell picks Carta for HCE payments trial

    March 4th, 2014

    Spain’s Banco Sabadell is using a host card emulation (HCE) solution provided by Carta Worldwide for the NFC payments technology trial it is conducting in partnership with MasterCard. “The most notable feature of this pilot… More

    PrivatBank to offer NFC payments via HCE

    February 27th, 2014

    Ukraine’s PrivatBank is to launch a cloud-based NFC payments service using host card emulation (HCE). The new Liqpay app will be available to customers with NFC smartphones running Android 4.4 KitKat. They will be able… More

    Samsung unveils Galaxy S5 with NFC, fingerprint verification and PayPal payments

    February 24th, 2014

    The Galaxy S5, Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, includes biometric security as well as NFC — and can be used to make payments at any merchant that accepts PayPal online or in store. The new finger… More

    Alcatel Onetouch launches Pop Fit wearable smartphone with NFC

    February 24th, 2014

    A wearable Android smartphone that weighs just 78g and comes with an armband-style strap and a pair of JBL earphones has been unveiled at MWC 14 by Alcatel Onetouch. The metallic Idol 2, Idol 2S and Idol 2 Mini S with NFC have also been added to the phone maker’s range. More

    Bankinter to launch HCE-based NFC payments

    February 17th, 2014

    Spain’s Bankinter is to commercially launch an NFC mobile payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) during the second or third quarter of 2014. The launch follows the announcement last year of… More

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