mobile payment

Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google Wallet Debit Card going away [UPDATE: Confirmed]

Google's physical card version of Google Wallet will no longer be supported by the company as of the 30th of June. This information comes from an app teardown performed by Android Police, where they've found the mention within the Google Wallet app itself. Like so many projects that didn't gain traction in the public for a wide variety of reasons, this project is headed out. The good news is - you'll not have to worry about transferring your money out.

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Apple Pay tipped to land on websites in time for the holidays

Apple Pay tipped to land on websites in time for the holidays

It seems that Apple Pay is ready to spread its wings and fly high, all before the year ends and in time for the shopping insanity that accompanies the holiday season. Although the service is perhaps more popular, or unpopular, for its NFC-based payment system for in-store purchases, Apple Pay also offers convenient and secure shopping on mobile apps. According to sources, Apple will be bringing that convenience and security to purchases done on websites, inside browsers, as well. The catch, it will only be available on your iPhone or iPad.

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With Wells Fargo, Samsung Pay now covers 70% of US card market

With Wells Fargo, Samsung Pay now covers 70% of US card market

While Apple Pay still holds majority of the mobile payment market, thanks to the huge clout of Apple's brand, a recent study claims that Samsung Pay is actually gaining ground. This latest news could perhaps help close that gap even more. Samsung has announced that it has closed a deal with Wells Fargo to support Samsung Pay. In effect, Samsung's mobile payment system will be supported by 70 banks and credit card unions across the country, claimed to cover almost three quarters of the US' credit and debit card market.

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Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

Google Hands Free mobile payments go live in South Bay

During its I/O 2015 conference last year, Google introduced a mobile payment platform that is similar to Android Pay, and it’s called Hands Free. As the name suggests, Hands Free allows a payment to be made hands-free — all users have to do is announce they’d like to pay with Google. There have been few mentions about it until today, with Google announcing that Hands Free is expanding to people living in the South Bay region of San Francisco,

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Apple Pay formally and finally launches in China

Apple Pay formally and finally launches in China

The long awaited and delayed, and by that we mean a week or so, big event for Apple's Chinese faithful has finally arrived. Apple Pay has finally launched in one of the world's biggest mobile market. Given that market size, it will be no small boost to Apple Pay usage, especially considering how more advanced the country is when it comes to adoption of contactless, mobile payment systems. That said, because of that, Apple might also have a tougher time competing with older, more established systems.

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LG Pay might not debut at MWC 2016 after all

LG Pay might not debut at MWC 2016 after all

Based on recent leaks and official announcements, LG has a lot to showcase at MWC 2016 next week. Ironically, one of the perhaps most interesting product it has won't actually get any stage time at all. Korean media are reporting that LG officials revealed that LG Pay, the company's upcoming mobile payment system, won't actually be unveiled and demonstrated at the event. The reason, at least say the officials, isn't because the product is going to be delayed but because they want to give more focus on the LG G5 instead.

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Apple Pay leaked to land in China this week, France, Canada soon

Apple Pay leaked to land in China this week, France, Canada soon

While Apple might be biding its time for its own huge March event past MWC 2016, it might not exactly be sitting still as far as expanding its products goes. A trio of leaks and sightings have revealed which countries Apple Pay will be hitting next. Earlier hinted for an "early 2016" launch, it seems that Apple Pay will really be rolling out in China on February 18. And although no date or even month has been given, France and Canada might soon join that so far exclusive list as well.

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Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Pagare smartstraps turn Pebble Time into payment machines

Despite the now ubiquitous Android Wear smartwatches and Apple Watch timepieces, Pebble still has a strong and loyal following, thanks to its simplicity, battery life, and being so far one of the few truly cross-platform smartwatches in the market. Simplicity, however, sometimes has a price to pay, like in the form of features that are also becoming more prevalent on more mainstream smartwatches. Like contactless mobile payment systems. Pagare, however, has found a way around that, to deliver the same convenience as Android Pay or Apple Pay on Pebble Time, without having to swap out smartwatches.

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PayPal’s Venmo now lets you pay inside apps

PayPal’s Venmo now lets you pay inside apps

Apple was rumored to enter into the peer-to-peer payment market, potentially taking a bite out of PayPal's pie. But now PayPal is, though indirectly, taking a bite from Apple first. Venmo, the mobile payment system that PayPal now owns, has a new "Pay with Venmo" program. What it does is allow both consumers and businesses to connect to Venmo to pay for products and services inside mobile apps. In short, pretty much what Apple Pay, and Android Pay as well, does for some in-app purchases.

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Plastic beware: NFC-equipped ATMs coming this year

Plastic beware: NFC-equipped ATMs coming this year

Mobile payment systems, even with giants like Google, Apple, and Samsung behind them, haven't completely taken the country by storm. The inconvenience of whipping out and using your smartphone sometimes outweighs the benefits and security of the new payment method offers. There might, however, be a new use case that could make the benefits outweigh inconvenience: getting money from ATMs. At least three banks, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase, have more or less confirmed that they will be rolling out later this year machines that can accept wireless, mobile payments like Android Pay or Apple Pay.

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LG Pay White Card leaks with LCD strip, buttons

LG Pay White Card leaks with LCD strip, buttons

When LG revealed that it was indeed preparing a payment system to take on Samsung and Apple, it was said that it would be different. And by different, it apparently meant it would be different from wireless, mobile payment systems and, conversely, similar to physical payment cards. At least to some extent. Leaked photos from a Korean news site revealed what is supposed to be the LG Pay "White Card", a credit card like plastic that can actually contain multiple cards and then be used normally like any other card.

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Samsung Pay to get online payment support next year

Samsung Pay to get online payment support next year

When it comes to mobile payment systems, you might immediately think of Apple Pay or Android Pay, mostly because of the brands behind them. But Samsung Pay might actually trump both when it comes to wider merchant support, and it won't be stopping there. Samsung plans to expand the service's coverage next year by also including paying for goods purchased online, taking Samsung Pay dangerously close to PayPal's and Amazon Payments' territory.

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