Isis Pushes Launch Back to October
An executive with Isis, the mobile payment joint venture between AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless, has delayed its September launch by one month. The delay marks the second by Isis this year, which originally planned to launch during the first half of the year. Isis' head of marketing, Jaymee Johnson, told Reuters that the organization is "wrapping things up and finishing final punch list of items." Isis will launch first in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Austin, Texas. Johnson told Reuters that Isis will have hundreds of merchant partners when it launches next month, and that number will expand to thousands quickly. Isis is a competitor to Google Wallet, which is available on select Sprint and Nexus devices.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.
Verizon Only Carrier to Sell Google Pixel, But There Are Options
Verizon Wireless is the only U.S. wireless operator that will officially sell the new Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, same as it was with last year's Pixels.
Samsung Pay Launch Pushed to September
Samsung has indicated its mobile payment service will not launch over the summer months as planned. Instead, Samsung Pay will get off the ground in the U.S.
Google Sets Different Path for Google Wallet
Soon after announcing its new mobile payment service called Android Pay, Google set about clarifying its position on Google Wallet moving forward. The company is working on a new version of Google Wallet that's set to arrive later this year.
You know what would be nice....
Otherwise you can't really call Isis a "competitor".