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Report: ‘Android Pay’ coming to Google I/O

Report: ‘Android Pay’ coming to Google I/O

At Google I/O in May, we’re likely going to see a lot of software-centric things for the crowd of Developers packed into Moscone West in San Francisco. Though it’s all about the Devs, Android users will still get insight on what’s in the pipeline. Part of the keynote and overall discussion will likely surround Google Wallet, which recently found its footing with carriers as Google acquired ‘technology’ from Softbank. A new report details that Google Wallet may soon have company in the form of Android Pay.

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Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google/Softcard drop Windows Phone support

Google Wallet has a long, intriguing past as a mobile payments provider. Recent news that Google was purchasing ‘technology’ from Softcard, a mobile payments startup founded by carriers to combat Wallet, only made their option more interesting to us. Though we’re not privy to the ins and outs of what the deal entails, we are learning that Windows Phone wasn’t invited to the party, as Google/Softcard have dropped the platform. There’s no evidence iOS is affected in any significant way, so this is an offensive on Windows mobile.

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Google snaps up IP from Softcard, strikes deal with carriers for Wallet

Google snaps up IP from Softcard, strikes deal with carriers for Wallet

Google Wallet is no Apple Pay, largely because Google can’t play the strong-arm game Apple does about what software is on their iPhone. Not long ago, Google Wallet was sidelined by carriers, as they intended to create their own mobile payment system. Known as Softcard, the app did much of what Google Wallet did, except it had the blessing of carriers. According to a new report, the line between Softcard and Google Wallet (as well as carriers) is blurring.

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Google reportedly ready to cut carriers in on Wallet

Google reportedly ready to cut carriers in on Wallet

If mobile payment solutions confuse you, don’t feel bad. With so much going on both before and after Apple Pay, there’s a lot to keep track of, and all of it seems to be so confusing. Much of the recent explosion in the space has to do with Apple Pay, but Google Wallet still looms large, and was around well ahead of Apple Pay. Part of the issues Google faced with Wallet were carriers. Now, it seems Google is wiling to let carriers in on Wallet, and is reportedly offering up a cut of their precious ad revenue.

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Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Samsung buys LoopPay — goes after Google Wallet, Apple Pay

Two weeks ago, a report emerged that Samsung was looking to work a mobile payments processor into the Galaxy S6. LoopPay was alleged to be the system Samsung was leaning on. At the time, we collectively logged it into the memory bank as something that was plausible, and smart, but ultimately needed confirmation from Samsung before it was truly believable. Though we obviously don’t know what the Galaxy S6 has in store for us, Samsung just announced they purchased LoopPay.

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Report: Square, Google borrow from one another to combat Apple Pay

Report: Square, Google borrow from one another to combat Apple Pay

Square has made a name for itself as a solution for mid-size businesses who want an easy to use, effective point-of-sale system. The small dongle slips easily into an audio jack, which connects to an app for payment processing. With low transaction fees and a fairly robust set of tools for small businesses, Square is widely adopted, with their hardware often attached to an iPad. A new rumor suggests Square is hard at work on a tablet of their own, powered by Android.

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WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

WePay integrates Google’s Wallet API for online payments

Though Apple Pay has captured much of the attention surrounding the space, Google Wallet is still the mobile payment leader. Google’s mobile payment solution is about to get a lot more exposure, too, as the Search giant has struck a deal with WePay, who will integrate the Google Wallet Instant Buy API into various websites they process payment for. The deal could have a big impact for Google Wallet, too; WePay has major sites like GoFundMe and Constant Contact listed as clients.

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Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google Wallet was an early lesson in mobile payments. You could even say it’s where Apple learned how to make Apple Pay so good. In the early days of Wallet, a challenge came from carriers who wanted a piece of the mobile payment pie. That scheme was called Isis, later re-named to Softcard to distance the service from Middle East politics. Softcard was integral in freezing Wallet out on your Android phone, but the tides may be turning; a new report says Google is looking to buy Softcard.

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Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Apple Pay to hit the gas pump via Chevron in 2015

Chevron is reportedly working to bring Apple Pay to the pump in early 2015, setting a standard for mobile payments outside of retail shops. Chevron already supports Apple Pay in their Extra Mile convenience stores, but payment at the pump is still done via a card swipe. The move will likely cover Texaco and Caltex stations at some point, considering Chevron owns those companies. Chevron gives Apple a huge reach at the pump in California, and sets a precedent for others to follow.

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Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

Apple Pay and Google Wallet head to Disney World

This week the folks at Walt Disney have let loose their final plans for the launch of Apple Pay and Google Wallet at Walt Disney World Resort. This one location will be the first place Disney will use Apple Pay and Google Wallet - and a number of other wireless payment systems - in the near future. It's also been suggested that additional Disney Stores and other Disney properties will follow. This system will begin with Disney's RFID system already in place as part of their MyMagic+ brand.

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