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    PayPal heads in-store with Android Pay and Wells Fargo

    April 18th, 2017

    Android Pay users across the US will soon be able to make in-store, in-app and online payments using their PayPal account. “People in the US can simply link their PayPal account to use with Android Pay,” Google’s Pali Bhat writes in a blog post. PayPal has also announced a partnership with Wells Fargo that will enable the bank’s customers to add their debit and credit cards to PayPal for in-store NFC mobile payments.

    Android Pay links to mobile banking apps to simplify setup process

    April 13th, 2017

    Android Pay has been integrated into the mobile banking apps of “several banks around the world” so that users can add their cards to the mobile payment service with “just the click of a button”. The feature will also work for those who have not installed Android Pay on their handset, giving them access to “the capabilities of Android Pay” without having to leave their mobile banking app. More

    More than 150m people to use Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay by end of 2017

    April 11th, 2017

    The number of consumers using OEM Pays — mobile payment services delivered by handset manufacturers — such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay will exceed 100m for the first time during the first half of 2017 and is expected to surpass 150m by the end of the year, Juniper Research reveals, while host card emulation (HCE) adoption is set to rise five-fold over the next four years. More

    Australian banks lose fight to gain access to NFC functionality in Apple iPhones

    April 3rd, 2017

    The group of Australian banks seeking stronger negotiating powers with Apple over the NFC technology within its iPhone handsets have been denied access to it by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on the grounds that the proposed conduct would “reduce or distort competition in a number of markets” and that the benefits are “outweighed by the detriments”. More

    Apple Pay in-store adoption is “growing nicely”

    March 30th, 2017

    Apple Pay adoption at the point of sale is “growing nicely” and is “in-line with growth among other digital payment players” such as Google and Samsung, long-time Apple analyst Gene Munster reveals. “We believe that users are activating Apple Pay on about 30% of new iPhones,” the analyst, who has moved to Loup Ventures from Piper Jaffray, writes in a research note. “In total, we estimate that 13% of the 680m iPhones in use today have activated Apple Pay.”

    Dunkin’ Donuts customers get mobile ordering through Google’s navigation app

    March 29th, 2017

    Customers of coffee chain Dunkin’ Donuts across the US can now place orders and complete a payment before leaving the house using their mobile phone and a new feature that has been added to Google-owned traffic and navigation app Waze. More

    Android O to offer autofill for payments

    March 23rd, 2017

    The next version of Google’s Android operating system will include a new API that enables mobile apps to add autofill services which automatically enter a user’s passwords, payment details and other personal information. “Android O makes filling forms, such as account and credit card forms, easier with the introduction of the Autofill Framework,” Google says. “The Autofill Framework manages the communication between the app and an autofill service.”

    Gmail offers Android app money transfer

    March 15th, 2017

    Gmail users in the US can now send and receive money through the email service’s Android mobile app. “Just tap on the attachment icon and choose whether you want to send or request money,” Google says. “Recipients are able to receive or request money right from the email itself — without having to install another payment app.” The service is already available in the US and UK in Gmail’s web-based client.

    Tag Heuer unveils connected watch range with Android Pay

    March 14th, 2017

    Luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer has unveiled the second generation of its connected watch range, powered by Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system and offering host card emulation (HCE) payments through Android Pay. The Connected Modular… More

    Watchmaker Movado adds Android Pay to new smartwatches

    March 9th, 2017

    A smartwatch collection from watchmaker Movado, powered by Google’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system, is to launch later this year, adding Android Pay capability to five new watches. “Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, two brands in the Movado Group portfolio, are also partnering with Google,” Movado says. “Collections will launch fall of 2017.” Google unveiled Android Wear 2.0 with support for Android Pay last month.

    Apple Pay goes live in Ireland with support from Mastercard, Visa and two banks

    March 7th, 2017

    Apple Pay has been launched across Ireland with support from Mastercard, Visa, KBC and Ulster Bank, allowing customers to make in-store, online and in-app payments using their compatible devices. The mobile payment service will also… More

    Google Assistant comes to more Android phones

    February 27th, 2017

    Google Assistant will be made available to all phones running Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating systems, Reuters reports. The virtual assistant will roll out this week to English speakers in the US, followed by Australia, Canada, the UK and German speakers in Germany. The company “is working on support for additional languages”, the news service adds. Google Assistant had previously only been available on Google’s own Pixel brand phones.

    UK bank tests voice commands with Google Home

    February 22nd, 2017

    Starling Bank, a UK mobile-only bank, is testing an integration of its API with Google Home, the voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant. A video shows a user using voice commands to ask for her balance and spending history, and make a person-to-person payment.

    Google Home owners get voice commands for grocery shopping

    February 17th, 2017

    Owners of the Google Home speaker powered by Google Assistant can now buy groceries using voice commands. “Order from participating Google Express retailers, including Costco, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, PetSmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and more than 50 other national and locally available retailers,” Google says. “Over the coming months, we’ll add new features and enable purchases for other apps and services.”

    Amazon and Google to add phone calls for virtual assistants?

    February 17th, 2017

    Consumers with Amazon Echo or Google Home could use the virtual assistant devices to make or receive phone calls later this year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Despite security concerns, sources told the publication that turning the assistants into home phones was the “logical next step for the artificial intelligence-powered speakers”.

    Smart home owners can ask Alexa to unlock front door

    February 16th, 2017

    Homeowners with smart home company August’s Smart Lock system are now able to ask an Amazon Alexa-enabled device to unlock their front door using their voice and a secure voice PIN of four to 12 digits. Users “can begin using Alexa by enabling the August Smart Lock skill within the Alexa app”, the firm says. August will “also soon integrate with” Google Assistant, Forbes reports.

    Apple Pay and Android Pay prepare for Korea launch

    February 15th, 2017

    Apple Pay and Android Pay are preparing to launch in Korea, according to The Korea Herald. “Apple’s executives recently held a meeting with South Korean financial authorities — a move that can be viewed as the company testing the waters,” the publication reports. “Local card companies forecast that Google’s Android Pay is likely to be introduced earlier than Apple Pay.”

    Citi and Wells Fargo cards ‘not supported’ by Android Wear

    February 15th, 2017

    Credit cards provided by US banks Citi and Wells Fargo are not supported by Android Wear 2.0, Google’s new version of its wearables operating system which brings host card emulation (HCE) based NFC payments to smartwatches. “At this time, these cards aren’t supported on Android Wear,” Google says, with no further details as to when support for the cards will be offered.

    Google unveils Android Wear 2.0 and new watch with support for NFC mobile payments

    February 9th, 2017

    Google has officially unveiled Android Wear 2.0, the new version of its operating system for smartwatches, and two new watches from LG — one of which comes with NFC to support HCE mobile payments using… More

    Chrome 56 adds BLE connectivity to web apps

    February 7th, 2017

    Consumers can now communicate with nearby Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices through web apps using Google’s Chrome 56 update for Android. “With Chrome 56, your web apps can communicate with nearby BLE devices in a secure and private manner using the Web Bluetooth API,” Google’s Pete LePage says in a blogpost. He adds this can also be combined with physical web beacons to control nearby devices. Google began supporting the physical web in its Chrome browser in February 2015.

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