Starbucks Now Accepting Square Wallet Payments
Starbucks today announced that it is accepting payments for goods and services at 7,000 of its stores via the Square Wallet application. The Square Wallet app, which is available for Android and iOS, is linked to a debit or credit card. Device owners open the app, tap "pay here" and then have the Starbucks employee scan the QR code that appears on the device's screen. The customer's card is charged and they receive a digital receipt. The process isn't too different from paying through Starbucks' own mobile payment app. Square Wallet is separate from the Square credit card readers, which are meant to help small businesses accept credit card payments. Square Wallet is interactive, and will point Android and iOS users to other local businesses that accept Square Wallet.
Google Unfolds A Brand New Wallet App for Android
Google today released a fully redesigned Google Wallet application for Android devices. Google Wallet is not an app for making mobile payments at retail.
Microsoft Wallet Gains Tap-to-Pay Functionality
Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Wallet app and gave Lumia smartphone owners the ability to make mobile payments at supporting retailers. Windows Mobile has long included a Wallet app, but until today it was reserved for loyalty cards and other retail programs.
Google Launching Android Pay Today
Google said it is making Android Pay, its reborn mobile payment service, available to Android handsets beginning today. The app will be pushed to small batches of users over the next week, according to Google.
Square Makes Payments Simpler with $Cashtag
Square today announced $Cashtag, a new way to make payments online or from mobile phones. The $Cashtag service is based on Square Cash and makes it easier for people or businesses to accept online payments rather than checks.
Google to Discontinue Wallet Debit Card
Google has begun informing owners of the Google Wallet Card that it will cease supporting the card come June 30. The Wallet Card was initially paired with the Google Wallet app for mobile payments, but Google transitioned its mobile payment service away from Google Wallet to Android Pay.