MasterCard Offers Mobile Payment SDK to Developers
MasterCard today announced the availability of a new user interface software developer kit (SDK) that will help Android and BlackBerry 7 application developers write better mobile payment applications. Specifically, the SDK can help add MasterCard's PayPass functionality to smartphones that have NFC (near-field communications) built in. According to MasterCard, the Mobile MasterCard PayPass UI SDK is "programmer friendly" and requires less coding expertise to use effectively when writing applications. The SDK is free to download and use.
Google Publishes Android 5.0 Preview, Updates SDK
Google today made available several significant tools for developers ahead of the general release of Android 5.0 Lollipop. First, Google released updated developer images for the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), ADT-1, and the Android emulator.
Google Makes New Google Cast SDK Available
Google today offered developers access to the Google Cast SDK version 3.0 for Android and iOS. Google first discussed changes to its casting platform at the I/O developer conference in May.
Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Developer Toolkit
Microsoft today made a software developer kit available to developers interested in creating apps for the forthcoming Windows 10 platform. The SDK requires users to be a member of the Windows Insider Program and have the latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview, as well as a handful of other apps.
More Banks Supporting Apple Pay
MasterCard today announced that 25 of its financial institution partners now support Apple Pay with their credit and/or debit cards. Some of the new banks allowing Apple Pay include Centennial Bank, GTE Financial, KeyBank, Meijer Credit Union, and US Bank.
Mastercard Adds Retail Mobile Payments to Bank Apps
Android owners will soon be able to use their own mobile banking app — rather than Android Pay or Samsung Pay — to make tap-and-go payments in stores. Mastercard has expanded its Masterpass program to mobile devices so consumers can make contactless payments at various retailers.