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5 things consumers need to know about Google I/O 2015

5 things consumers need to know about Google I/O 2015

Google presents their yearly developer-aimed conferenced centered on a new version of their mobile operating system Android, Google Now [On Tap], Photos, and a "new" payment system called Android Pay. The company has decided to release offline features for several of their major apps for countries with small mobile web imprints as well. They've also brought more heat to the virtual reality environment with an updated version of their own low-cost Cardboard VR headset, not just for Android anymore - as well as an education program to bring it to schools around the world.

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Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google Hands Free sounds like Android Pay sans Android

Google has just formally announced Android Pay over at I/O 2015, so imagine our surprise and bewilderment when it rather revealed another wireless payment scheme simply called "Hands Free". While it does sound like something you'd associate with cars, but this mobile payment system is more about keeping your hands free even from your smartphone. With Google Hands Free, all you need is to say is that you'd like to pay with Google and the deed is done. You don't even have to pull out your smartphone.

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Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay hands-on: Google wants your money

Android Pay is coming, and it's impressively streamlined compared to the overly-complicated and feature-bulging Google Wallet. Officially revealed alongside Android M at Google I/O today, the mobile payments system supports both NFC for dropping virtual cash out in the wild, and in-app integration for retailers wanting to enable easy payments. I grabbed a Nexus 6 and a Nexus 5, both equipped with pre-release versions of Android Pay, to go shopping on Google's dime.

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Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Today at Google I/O 2015 the company revealed Android Pay, a replacement for their already in-place Google Wallet system. This payment method will work with Android devices and "is an open platform" according to Google. You'll be able to activate this system with your bank's information or Google's, and you'll see this system pre-installed on devices coming in the United States from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA. This system will effectively replace the payment system Android devices have been shipping with for years - Google Wallet.

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Mobile Payments heat up: Android Pay coming, Apple Pay growing

Mobile Payments heat up: Android Pay coming, Apple Pay growing

In less than a day, Google I/O will commence, and with it, the expected full announcement of Android Pay. A few weeks after that, Apple is also expected to reveal improvements to its own Apple Pay system. The mobile payment competition is about to get heated and the market even more crowded. But even with two, or three if you count Samsung, industry giants paving the way, analysts foresee substantial bumps in the road for the payment system that is sometimes described as a solution in search of a problem.

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Microsoft might be working on its own payment system

Microsoft might be working on its own payment system

Apple Pay. Samsung Pay. Android Pay. Pretty soon, there might even be a Microsoft Pay. Or "Microsoft Payments" rather. Some evidence have surfaced pointing to Microsoft's intention to become a money transmitter in the US as well as the country's current and former territories. Although it is still in the extremely early stages of preparing the legal foundations of such an enterprise, Microsoft could very well be planning to take on the still nascent and somewhat unproven mobile payment industry, pitting it against Apple, Google, and Samsung who already has a head start.

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Softcard closes up shop to prepare for Google assimilation

Softcard closes up shop to prepare for Google assimilation

Customers of Softcard, formerly known as Isis Wallet, just can't catch a break. The mobile payment system changed its name last year in order to avoid being associated with a violent militant group. Now just half a year later, the company is announcing that it is all over, at least as far as the brand and the service itself goes. It's all good news for the company, however, as the reason it is closing isn't because of bankruptcy but because their IP has just been acquired by Google.

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Stratos card wants to outdo Apple, Samsung, Android Pay

Stratos card wants to outdo Apple, Samsung, Android Pay

It seems that interest in mobile and wireless payment systems are experiencing a renaissance now that three tech giants are using their clout to get the message across. But while Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay might have their own separate, sometimes mutually exclusive implementations, they all want the same thing: to eventually replace your wallet. Now a new card is aiming to replace all three as well. Stratos is a new "connected" payment card that is almost as smart as your smartphone.

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PayPal buys Paydiant, aims to challenge Apple, Google & Samsung

PayPal buys Paydiant, aims to challenge Apple, Google & Samsung

Today, PayPal is announcing their acquisition of Paydiant, a startup that produces mobile payment technology found in use with a variety of companies. Capital One and Subway are two notable clients, but one that might be more familiar to tech enthusiasts is CurrentC. Paydiant provides technology to Current C, the product of MCX, which is widely pointed to as the reason Apple Pay hasn’t seen a wider rollout. Terms of PayPal’s deal were not disclosed, but it looks like more than an intellectual property grab.

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Android Pay mobile payments framework gets offical

Android Pay mobile payments framework gets offical

First Apple Pay, then Samsung Pay, and now Android Pay. Google's Sundar Pichai has confirmed a new mobile payments system is in the pipeline, not just an app like Google Wallet, but a full service on which other companies would be free to build their own payments system. It's also being created with more than just NFC in mind, Pichai said, though the near-field technology for "tapping" to pay is likely to be the first way Android Pay payments will be made.

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