The enemy of my enemy...
Google and the mobile carriers have long been at odds over mobile payments, but faced with the runaway success of Apple Pay,…
the war for your wallet
Samsung has a new way to fight back against Apple and it has nothing to do with Google. This week, Samsung bought LoopPay;…
No more follow the leader
Don’t look now, but there may be discontent between Google and one of its key Android partners: again. On Friday, the Wall…
The banks hold the key
Samsung has entered the mobile payments fray with its acquisition of LoopPay, giving it the technology to turn its smartphones into wireless credit…
No NFC chips needed
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S6 using LoopPay technology for mobile payments are sounding quite a lot better now that Samsung has…
Diapers, wallets, what's next?
It looks like Amazon’s diapers weren’t the only product the e-commerce giant retired Wednesday. The company has shut down its mobile wallet…
The smartphone may still be a long way from replacing the back-pocket or purse wallet, but people around the world are increasingly turning to their mobile devices to buy goods, transfer money and manage their bank accounts.
The new app also includes tipping options and multiple employee logins to make it easier for restaurants to use.
It took a while for the U.S. carriers to roll out their Softcard mobile payments and even longer for the digital wallet to work with Windows Phone. With the right handset and the new Softcard app, you can tap-to-pay at 200,000 locations.
Osama Bedier, the former head of Google Wallet, has started his own company to build the modern cash register. Instead of competing with Square, though, Poynt is targeting NCR and VeriFone.
Companies disabling their existing NFC retail terminals just to blunt momentum from Apple Pay or Google Wallet are being shortsighted and are creating a situation that could very well backfire on them.
Visa’s technology chief Rajat Taneja has high hopes for Apple Pay, but not for all of the reasons you might expect. He believes Apple will pave the way for a multitude of new payments apps.
Given what’s going on in Iraq and Syria, you can’t blame Isis for initiating a complete branding do-over.
The mobile payment sector is evolving quickly and chaotically, with incumbents and startups competing for not only market share but also the ability to establish the business’ rules and technological standards.
To promote its new horror drama Penny Dreadful, Showtime turned to sites like YouTube and Hulu as well as to mobile wallet apps.
It would make sense for Google to talk to Square about acquiring its slick but money-losing mobile payments business, but good luck determining who talked to who about what.
Best Buy and 7-Eleven are shutting down NFC at their registers. Are they saving themselves the expense of running a smartphone payments infrastructure no one is yet using, or are they putting the screws to competitors?
Google’s Wallet Card can be ordered but it won’t help you carry less cards. It’s more like a pre-paid debit card that uses your Google Wallet account balance to pay for things. It’s free, however, Coin’s $50 universal card may be better.
“Google Wallet 2.0” is live but it’s not from Google. Instead, Isis is the newest digital wallet payment program and it’s now live. You’ll need a phone on Verizon, T-Mobile or AT&T before you can pay with your handset.
Capital One says it has the data it needs and is withdrawing from Isis, the mobile carriers’ NFC-based mobile payments effort. If banks are losing faith in Isis, that’s a bad sign for its future prospects.
Google Wallet gets a new lease on life: The updated software is now compatible with Android 2.3 or better across all carriers. Don’t get too excited if you have an NFC smartphone though; you’re still limited by carrier.
Google Wallet is losing functions which gives Samsung a fresh opportunity in the digital wallet space. Only Samsung Wallet isn’t quite a wallet; it’s more like Apple’s Passbook for iOS. And it’s exclusive to certain Samsung devices.
Google is shutting off loyalty and gift card support in Wallet, giving customers until Aug. 21 to use up their balances. The company says its working on a replacement for the features.
The carriers’ mobile payments initiative may have gotten off to a slow start, but an Isis official executive its trial a success in Salt Lake City as customers become active users of the service.
Apple’s Passbook joins the mobile payments gold rush. But Jeff Fagel, of edo Interactive, has doubts about its viability and says until we see a system that’s easier for everyone, plastic will remain king.
Android Police has gotten a hold of a leaked version of a new Google Wallet which suggests the company is preparing to release physical Google Wallet cards to work alongside its NFC-based mobile payment system.
Google is working on an update to Google Wallet and it may include support for the iPhone. New users who request an invite to the next version of Google Wallet are asked what phone they use: Android, iPhone or other.
Barclaycard US is the latest card issuer to back Google Wallet. The company also backs Isis, the mobile payment joint venture between Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile, illustrating that not even the traditional banking companies know yet which mobile payment standard will be successful.
Google is talking up the potential for Google Wallet to be more than just a payment tool. Leaders want Google Wallet to be a place to store boarding passes, tickets, identification and gift cards. That was the vision all along but it may be ready soon.
Google is opening up Google Wallet and giving users more payment options and control over security. However, while the mobile payments feature can be used at 200,000 locations today, the list of devices equipped to handle them is still very short.
Isis, the joint mobile payment venture between Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, has been taking a slow approach as it heads towards a limited launch in two cities this summer. But the methodical pace appears to be setting Isis up to be a long-term player.
Phones embedded with near-field communications chips are beginning to proliferate, but their uptake is much slower in North America than in Europe and Asia, according to Berg Insight. Of the 30 million NFC handsets sold, roughly 5 million wound up in the hands of North American consumers.
In yet another sign of the slow progress of mobile payments despite strong interest, Google is rethinking its approach to Google Wallet and may consider sharing revenue with wireless carriers, according to a new report. Otherwise, carriers may push their own payments tech instead.
I’ve seen a lot of things at South by Southwest, but no mobile payments. I haven’t seen a single person pay for something using their phone, nor a merchant who accepts it. No one is even talking about it. But there are plenty of demos.
Payments using near field communication or NFC have barely off the ground in the U.S. but it is headed toward a bright future, according to research firm Juniper, which forecast that NFC transactions will triple to $74 billion by 2015.
MasterCard is rolling out the first trial of its QkR mobile application, which allows people to interact and initiate payments via QR codes, NFC tags and other technologies. It is allowing Australian movie goers to order and pay for food from their seat.
PayPal isn’t just building out a point-of-sale transaction network. It’s looking to engage consumers well before they set foot in a store. The company says its WHERE location-based ad network will be key in helping merchants attract consumers into their stores with deals and offers.
American Express has worked up an infographic charting the rise of mobile payments, highlighting a lot of the milestones over time. All this work in the past is now coming together to make mobile payments a mainstream technology.
“Mobile payments” is, admittedly, a very broad term, encompassing everything from having the cost of the Mighty Eagle in Angry Birds applied…
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A report confirming that the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon won’t support Google Wallet is just a reminder of where we stand in the NFC race. Isis, the competing digital wallet from Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, will likely have to launch before the carriers support Google Wallet.
Near field communication (NFC) payments seem poised for takeoff next year in the U.S., with the launch of Isis from the carriers and a wider deployment of Google Wallet. But while 2012 will surely mark some big growth for NFC, it’s also likely to be a year full of confusion as the technology and the business relationships around it work through a number of challenges. Those include consumer adoption, standardization and interoperability, merchant uptake and evolving business models, and the players working with, not against, one another.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has decided to fold Google Checkout into its newly launched Google Wallet, in what fits right in with the pare-down-and-…
While NFC is often thought of in the context of payments, increasingly mobile marketing, along with consumer loyalty, will be critical in helping to drive the growth and adoption of NFC. That’s what will provide value to both consumers and merchants.
The discussion around near field communication (NFC) is often framed as if mobile payments have been driving the car while other uses of the technology — mobile marketing, person-to-person information sharing, virtual fingerprints — are merely along for the ride. But increasingly, the conversation is shifting and we’re seeing that far from being a passenger, mobile marketing along with consumer loyalty, will be in the front seat as well and will be critical in helping drive the growth and adoption of NFC.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) expanded its Google Wallet push Monday, adding new coupon and loyalty card services to its mobile payments product as we…
Is Google Wallet ready to replace my cash, credit cards and wallet? Not really. Does it make me feel cool and futuristic? You bet! That’s the feeling I get after playing with Google Wallet ahead of the big public launch today.
Google is finally opening up its near NFC Google Wallet system today, allowing Nexus S users on Sprint to try out contactless payments through their smartphone. With only one handset that supports it, Google Wallet is just a first step in a long process.
Google is said to be launching its somewhat delayed Google Wallet service sometime later today. From the looks of it, it might actually be out in the wild. We have some photographic proof. Google just updated the Wallet website as well.
Near Field Communications with mobile devices is still far from being a mainstream technology, and there have been precious few examples of…
AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are reportedly poised to invest $100 million in their joint mobile payment venture called Isis, a near field communication-based contactless payment system that will do battle in the increasingly competitive mobile payments market that includes Google Wallet, Square and others.
The Samsung Nexus S, essentially a flagship Android handset for Google, launches for AT&T’s network on Sunday for $99 with contract. The NFC chip for wireless payments might be used for Google Wallet. LG’s G2x gained Gingerbread while the iPad is still the tablet to beat.
PayPal’s mobile payments business is now expected to do $3 billion in volume this year, double what the company predicted last fall. But the bigger challenge and opportunity awaits in mobile payments for offline goods, something PayPal is gearing up for.
Last year, Sony Ericsson dropped Symbian, boldly claiming it would take the top spot in the world for Android device sales. Now that a wireless payment infrastructure exists with Google Wallet, the company is ready to add NFC chips and software from NXP in future handsets.
Google Wallet debuted this week for Sprint customers owning the Nexus S handset while the smartest Android keyboard, SwiftKey, gains intelligence and better word prediction, thanks to the cloud. HTC’s Flyer found its way to my desk and first impressions are favorable, as you can see.
ANALYSIS: PayPal is suing Google and some of its executives. Here is a behind the scene look to give the real skinny. Internal politics, boardroom betrayals, multi-million dollar sign-on bonuses and hurt egos — it is a drama worth a daytime soap. Read on.
VIDEO: Osama Bedier, Google’s VP of paymentsl, sat down with me after Google’s big NFC announcement and explained why the company is uniquely positioned to grow the momentum for NFC, why Google isn’t sweating competing efforts and how it will handle consumer’s transaction data.
Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is getting ready to lift the curtain on its long-planned mobile payments system, which involves turning Android-powered…