Android Pay

HTC One A9 hands-on: Android most controversial

HTC One A9 hands-on: Android most controversial

HTC has a new flagship, the One A9, and it's going to be controversial. Hero device after the One M9 and M9+, it's one of the first Android 6.0 Marshmallow phones outside of Google's own Nexus, and with a highly competitive price tag that belies its build quality. That controversy? Just about everyone agrees, the One A9's design is… familiar. Exactly what it's familiar to depends on who you are, though.

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Here is PayPal’s answer to your digital wallet

Here is PayPal’s answer to your digital wallet

Having been available overseas for some time now, PayPal is finally bringing its advanced payment card reader, "Here," to the US. The device is aimed at making point-of-sale terminals able to accept the new EMV cards that rolling out across the country. EMV cards offer more security due to storing data on an embedded chip instead of a magnetic stripe. PayPal's Here will be able to accept not only EMV and magnetic stripe cards, but it also support NFC payments including Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.

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Android Pay won’t work with rooted devices, custom ROMS

Android Pay won’t work with rooted devices, custom ROMS

Thanks to Apple, Google, and Samsung all pushing their own systems, mobile payment is getting a big boost and could see a substantial increase in adoption. However, there might be a subset of smartphone users, particularly those on Android, who will be left out on all the fun. Responding to a thread over at XDA Forums, a junior member who identifies himself as a Google Security Engineer confirms something that power users don't want but probably already expected to hear: Android Pay will not work on rooted devices or those running custom ROMs.

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Android Pay now available on Google Play Store

Android Pay now available on Google Play Store

Android Pay may have launched barely two weeks ago but getting into Google's brand new mobile payment system hasn't exactly been straightforward, which practically required downloading the old version of the Google Wallet app, which is of course different from the new version of the Google Wallet app. Now part of that confusion is being dispelled, with a standalone Android Pay app now available directly from Google Play Store, allowing Android users in the US with compatible smartphones to join the mobile payment revolution. Or trickle, if that is your take on it.

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Android Pay launches today: here’s how to get it

Android Pay launches today: here’s how to get it

Today Android devices everywhere* will begin to gain access to Android Pay. Just so long as those devices have NFC. *And just so long as they're inside the United States. Android Pay is a sort of re-branding of Google Wallet, a system where Google's devices handled your money from a variety of sources, allowing you to pay for items both in the physical world and digitally. Now with systems like Apple Pay and Samsung Pay on the rise, Google has changed the name.

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New Google Wallet app appears to make room for Android Pay

New Google Wallet app appears to make room for Android Pay

Android Pay is still disappointingly a no show, but Google is slowly laying down the pieces for its inevitable launch. The latest and perhaps most acknowledge piece is the arrival of a new Google Wallet app. No, this isn't an update to the existing Google Wallet app but a completely new install. This rather strange, and maybe inconvenient, arrangement is being explained in a rather simple way: the old Google Wallet will be updated into thew Android Pay app once the latter finally launches to the public.

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Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Google Nexus event tipped for September 29th

Today it's been tipped that the next big Google event will take place on the 29th of September, 2015. This event is said to be home to the two newest Nexus smartphones, both of them coming with fingerprint scanners and both ready and willing to be the headliners of the big Android Pay mobile payment market push. The smaller of these devices is rumored to be coming from LG, while the larger will be coming from Huawei.

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MCX Mobile payments rolling out to Walmart and other locations in Ohio

MCX Mobile payments rolling out to Walmart and other locations in Ohio

Mobile payments have been making their way to a bunch of retailers around the world, but some of the biggest companies in the US have yet to adopt mobile payments. Three years ago a group of retailers in the US working under the Merchant Customer Exchange umbrella decided to enter the mobile payments market. That Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) partnership includes Walmart, Target, and Darden Restaurants.

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Android Pay launch this week tips McDonald’s leak

Android Pay launch this week tips McDonald’s leak

Android Pay looks set to launch this week, with leaks from fast food retailer McDonald's tipping August 26 for the public switch-on of Google's mobile payments platform. Announced at Google I/O earlier this year, Android Pay uses NFC for cardless transactions just like Apple Pay, though the search giant wouldn't be drawn at the time on when it would begin showing up in the wild. Now, thanks to some whispers from McDonald's staff, it looks like we know the details.

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New rules mean Google won’t get Android Pay transaction fees

New rules mean Google won’t get Android Pay transaction fees

Visa and MasterCard, the two largest payment networks, has established a new standard that practically makes mobile payment transactions free of charge. This is a good news, bad news situation for Google, who just launched its Android Pay late last month. On the one hand, it might mean that merchants will be more willing to embrace the new payment system due to the absence of hidden fees. On the other hand, this means that Google won't have one "feature" that Apple Pay has: a cut for every payment transaction made.

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Samsung Pay won’t be coming until September

Samsung Pay won’t be coming until September

There might be a small hiccup in Samsung's mobile payment plans. Originally intended to launch next month, company EVP Rhee In Jong revealed in an investor call that Samsung Pay will actually launch in September in the US and South Korea. This is to align the inauguration with the announcement of Samsung's next high-end model, the Galaxy Note 5. While that might make sense from a marketing standpoint, it does mean that Samsung will be very late in the mobile payments game against Google and Apple.

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Google I/O 2015 Wrap-Up: Bangs and Whimpers

Google I/O 2015 Wrap-Up: Bangs and Whimpers

It's tough to stand out when you're still in the shadow of a skydiving co-founder, and Google I/O 2015 ended with many still holding their breath for the big bang. Even with Android M on the agenda, what we got instead was a more rounded view of how Google sees computing evolving, not only in near-saturated markets like the US and Europe, but for the "next billion" whose first taste of the internet will most likely come through an affordable smartphone. It was a lot to fit into even an extended keynote, at times feeling like Google was rushing to name-check projects without giving them the context they perhaps needed. In fact, most of the really cool stuff didn't even get a spot on the big stage.

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