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    Google’s browser connects with BLE

    December 9th, 2016

    The latest version of Google’s Chrome browser allows websites to interact with Bluetooth Low Energy devices. Chrome 56 Beta uses the Web Bluetooth API on Android, Chrome OS and Mac, and enables web developers to connect to Bluetooth devices such as printers and LED displays with “just a few lines of Javascript”. Web Bluetooth can also be combined with beacons to discover and control nearby devices, says the company.

    Android Pay launches in Ireland

    December 7th, 2016

    Android Pay has launched in Ireland with support from Visa and Mastercard and banks AIB and KBC with “more banks being added in the coming months”, Google’s Pali Bhat writes. “You will be able to use Android Pay at thousands of retail locations throughout Ireland that accept contactless payments — these include your favourite shops like Eason, McDonald’s, Tesco, Spar and more.”

    Alzheimer’s Research UK promotes Christmas ad through Proxama’s beacon network

    December 1st, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) is using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons on digital payment solutions provider Proxama’s beacon network to promote its Santa Forgot Christmas campaign. The video is being shared across buses,… More

    Android Pay launches with single bank support in New Zealand

    December 1st, 2016

    Android Pay is launching in New Zealand initially only for customers of BNZ bank who own a Visa Flexi debit card. “New Zealanders have a longstanding affinity with electronic payments, as shown most recently by… More

    NFC payments coming to Android Wear 2.0?

    November 22nd, 2016

    A Google Play Services v10.0 APK teardown conducted by Android Police has revealed Google may be adding support for NFC payments through Android Pay to its Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch update. “Most of the strings have ‘wear’ and ‘tp’ prefix, which is used for elements in the Tap and Pay interface,” the publication says. “The actual text also makes a couple of references each to Android Pay and the phrase ‘your watch’, leaving no room for misinterpretation.”

    Google Wallet unveils payments app for web browsers

    November 3rd, 2016

    Google has unveiled a new Google Wallet web app that will allow users to send money to friends and family through a web browser. The recipient doesn’t need the Google Wallet app to receive the… More

    PayPal tops US digital payment preference

    November 2nd, 2016

    More than half of US consumers (60%) are currently using a method of digital payment with the most popular proving to be PayPal, used by 51%, a study conducted by Thales in conjunction with Wakefield Research reveals. Apple Pay came in second with 11%, followed by Google Wallet (7%), Android Pay (6%), Chase Pay (6%), Samsung Pay (5%) and Venmo (3%). “88% of respondents reported they would discontinue using digital payments if they personally fell victim to cybercriminal activities as a result of a data breach,” the survey finds.

    Google Maps update enables food ordering from app

    November 1st, 2016

    An update to Google Maps on iOS allows users to order food from their favourite restaurants directly from the app. “For instance, if you search for a restaurant that works with one of the major online delivery services like GrubHub or EatStreet, you’ll see a new ‘Place an order’ option in the details of the location,” 9to5mac reports. “Tapping on that option will direct you to the website of the delivery service and allow you to quickly place an order.” The availability of this feature varies per country.

    Visa opens up its tokenization platform to third party suppliers

    October 25th, 2016

    Visa is allowing third-party partners to offer its Visa Token Service (VTS) platform, allowing device manufacturers, issuers, internet of things developers, wallet providers, merchants and others to offer its digital payment service on any device…. More

    Mastercard adds online Masterpass payments to Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Microsoft Wallet

    October 24th, 2016

    Mastercard has signed deals with Google, Samsung and Microsoft to allow its customers that use Android Pay, Samsung Pay or Microsoft Wallet to shop online wherever Masterpass is accepted, while Google has announced a similar… More

    Proxama to create UK’s biggest BLE beacon advertising network

    October 11th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital payment solutions provider Proxama has secured deals with media and location owners Mobile Media Group, Emblem Group and Hathaway Chivers to create the UK’s biggest Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacon-based advertising platform…. More

    Google unveils VR headset that pairs with NFC

    October 5th, 2016

    Google has launched a virtual reality headset that works in conjunction with smartphones supporting its Daydream mobile VR platform and uses NFC to connect the devices. The first smartphones to support the new Daydream View… More

    Android Pay ends Google Wallet card transfer

    October 3rd, 2016

    Previous users of Google Wallet will not be permitted to transfer cards to Android Pay from October 14. “Many former Google Wallet users were able to bring any card they had in Wallet to Android Pay, even if it wasn’t a supported bank,” 9to5Google reports. “Google has revealed via email that those grandfathered cards will no longer be supported on October 14. Google doesn’t cite a specific reason for this change, only stating that this was always going to be limited time only.”

    Android Pay users get free London travel and coffee

    September 28th, 2016

    Mastercard customers using Google’s Android Pay will be able to travel for free around London when using the city’s transport network on four Mondays in October. They will also be eligible for a free hot drink at Caffè… More

    Android Pay adds 44 US banks

    September 21st, 2016

    Google has added a further 44 banks and credit unions to its list of Android Pay supporters in the US, following support from UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest and Ulster Bank earlier this month and the addition of TSB announced this week. “The Android Pay team is seemingly on a roll at the moment, adding many new banks over the past few months,” Android Police reports.

    More UK banks sign up for Android Pay

    September 14th, 2016

    UK banks Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest and Ulster Bank now support Android Pay. “TSB customers will also soon be able to add their cards to Android Pay, with a roll out planned this month,” Google says. Android Pay launched in the UK in May 2016. TSB announced in July that it would support the mobile payment platform from the fourth quarter of this year.

    Android Pay heads to the web

    September 8th, 2016

    Android Pay will soon be available as a checkout option on mobile websites. “Users will soon be able to speed through mobile checkout on Chrome using Android Pay on sites like Groupon.com, 1-800-Flowers.com and many more to come,” Google writes. The service now also works for Chase members, following reports in August 2016 that the bank was planning to add Android Pay support. Google enhanced its APIs to take Android Pay to the web in May this year.

    Proxama gains certification to use Google’s Eddystone beacons

    September 2nd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital payment solutions provider Proxama has gained certification from Google to deliver a range of consumer experiences that utilise the Eddystone open beacon format, after passing the technical requirements to demonstrate full stack integration…. More

    Android Pay heads to Japan

    September 1st, 2016

    Google is collaborating with financial services giant Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group to launch its Android Pay mobile payment service in Japan this autumn. “Android Pay initially will incorporate debit cards issued by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,” Nikkei reports. “The digital wallet also will use credit cards issued by Mitsubishi UFJ Nicos by year’s end at the soonest. Google is negotiating with East Japan Railway Company, NTT Docomo, Rakuten, JCB and other Japanese digital money providers to make their reader systems compatible with Android Pay.”

    Google Wallet gets automatic transfers

    August 30th, 2016

    An update to Google Wallet is adding support for automatic transfers to bank accounts. “Users will now be able to select a bank account or debit card for automatic transfers within the app or via the web,” TechCrunch reports. “Once enabled, you won’t have to manually cash out money from your Wallet balance — it will just automatically become available.” The update will begin rolling out gradually this week. Google relaunched Google Wallet as a P2P payment solution in September 2015.

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