Android Pay

Google shutting down Hands Free next week

Google shutting down Hands Free next week

With so much attention given to Android Pay, you'd be forgiven if you forgot about Google Hands Free. Hands Free, which was announced back in 2015, was meant to take the idea of mobile payments one step further by making them, well, hands free. It seems that the idea never really took off, though, and as a result, Google has announced plans to shut it down.

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Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

Fifth Third Bank now supports Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet

U.S. company Fifth Third Bank (53rd) has announced support for Android Pay and Microsoft Wallet, bringing the total number of mobile payment platforms it supports up to five. Customers with a Fifth Third Bank account can use, in addition to the two above, Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, and MasterPass to make payments using the app and their phone instead of their debit or credit card at supported stores.

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Samsung Pay delayed in UK until 2017 amid bank negotiations

Samsung Pay delayed in UK until 2017 amid bank negotiations

Samsung wants very much to compete with Apple Pay and Android Pay around the world. So much so that Samsung launched its own mobile payments service called Samsung Pay and had promised to launch its service in the UK in 2016. With the waning weeks of 2016 here, Samsung has now announced that it is pushing that UK launch back to 2017.

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Android Pay support for Visa Checkout, Masterpass inbound

Android Pay support for Visa Checkout, Masterpass inbound

Mobile payment systems don’t make headlines nowadays. While that might imply that they’re not the hot items many thought they would be, it could also be because they’ve become so normal, so ingrained in modern lives. Aiming for the latter, more optimistic scenario, Google has announced that Android Pay will be embracing more purchases done on the mobile web. In particular, it will be supporting online shops that use Visa’s Checkout and MasterCard’s Masterpass platforms, offering convenience not just for buyers but for merchants as well.

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Unlocking your Android now breaks Android Pay

Unlocking your Android now breaks Android Pay

Android users with unlocked bootloaders will soon be unable to use Android Pay. They are, as of this week, greeted by the message "we could not verify your software" when attempting to pay. This is because of a silent update to SafetyNet by Google. SafetyNet is a system that aims to stop modifications to software on Android devices. Today it would seem that Google has dropped the hammer.

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AutoMagisk makes it easier to use Pokemon GO on rooted phones

AutoMagisk makes it easier to use Pokemon GO on rooted phones

Rooting on Android (and jailbreaking on iOS) is like playing a game of cat and mouse with platform and app developers. As soon as Google or app developers block rooting methods or rooted devices, rooting developers find a way to work around those sometimes arbitrary limitations. So it’s no surprise that when Pokemon GO was updated to kick out rooted devices from the fun party, methods like Magisk rose to prominence. But using Magisk wasn’t exactly convenient, which required users to enable and disable root every now and then. Hence, AutoMagisk was born.

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Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Chase and Uber Payment Rewards join Android Pay roster

Google has announced new Android Pay support for a multitude of banks and services, adding one of the largest in the US to its roster today. Android Pay now supports credit and debit cards from Chase, with Google pointing out that Chase customers can still enjoy the benefits they get with those cards while using them with Android Pay.

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Walgreens rolls out Android Pay support for Balance Rewards members

Walgreens rolls out Android Pay support for Balance Rewards members

While some retailers would prefer you download their own mobile wallet app, Walgreens has been content to let its customers use options like Apple Pay and Android Pay. While that's worthy of a certain degree of admiration all its own, Walgreens announced today that it has rolled Android Pay support into its Balance Rewards program, meaning you can actually decrease the number of loyalty cards in your wallet for once.

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Android Pay is now available in Australia

Android Pay is now available in Australia

Last month, Android Pay broke into Asia by launching in Singapore, and today the service is turning its sights south and launching in Australia. Android Pay will be launching with support from 28 banks across the country, but of the largest four banks in the region, only the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group is supporting the roll out from the beginning.

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Android Pay begins its Asian expansion with Singapore

Android Pay begins its Asian expansion with Singapore

On the heels of Samsung launching its own Samsung Pay system in Singapore, Google is now announcing the availability of Android Pay in the same city as well. Largely considered to be tech capital of Southeast Asia, Singapore enjoys being usually the first target of new technologies and platforms in the region. Now Android users in the country will be able to test the promised hassle free benefits of not having to get out your wallet to pay for your next coffee or next McDonald's buy.

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US Bank, MasterCard now supports Android Pay, Samsung Pay

US Bank, MasterCard now supports Android Pay, Samsung Pay

The initial furor over competing mobile payment systems may have died down just a wee bit, but that's because they're silently working to rope in support from more financial institutions and merchants. Although some might consider non-Apple Pay systems to not be that popular, that doesn't necessarily translate to reality. Take for example the recent announcement from US Bank that embraces both Android Pay and Samsung Pay, enabling the two mobile payment methods for the bank's MasterCard holders.

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Bank of America’s Cardless ATMs now support Android Pay

Bank of America’s Cardless ATMs now support Android Pay

Google didn't make much of a big splash about Android Pay at I/O 2016, but Bank of America isn't going to let the conference pass without putting a word in. Going on stage with Google senior director for Android Pay Pali Bhat, BoA's head of digital banking Michelle Moore made the big announcement Android Pay users have been hoping for since the beginning of the year. At least those with Bank of America debit cards among them. Now they safely and conveniently withdraw cash from select ATMs without having to whip out their cards or even their wallets.

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