MasterCard Enhances Mobile Payment Platform
MasterCard today announced MasterPass, an evolution of its PayPass mobile payments system. The new service encompasses NFC, QR codes, and online payments. It includes a complete solution for merchants for accepting payments and offering integrated loyalty programs. A component for banks allows them to roll out branded mobile wallets, including support for cards other than MasterCard. The service will roll out first in Australia and Canada next month, followed by the U.S. in the Spring, followed by other countries.
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.
Amazon Makes Mobile Wallet App Available
Amazon recently released a mobile wallet application for Android-based smartphones. The app, which Amazon has labeled a beta, lets people store gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards, which can be scanned or typed directly into the app.
Android Pay to Support Payments via Google Assistant
Google this week rolled out the Google Payment API, a new set of capabilities that will allow anyone to make in-app or online payments with any debit or credit card associated with their Google account. Google says this option will simplify the process for people to checkout and make purchases online, as it negates the need to fill out cumbersome purchasing forms.
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.