U.S. Bank Now Offering Mobile Photo BillPay to Customers
U.S. Bank today announced a new tool that smartphone and tablet owners can use to set up payees and pay bills without requiring them to fill in forms. Mobile Photo BillPay, which has been added to the company's Android and iOS mobile banking applications, lets U.S. Bank customers take a picture of any bill, send the image to U.S. Bank, and then see the payment fields automatically populated with the correct details. After reviewing the information, the customer can then submit the bill for payment. The Mobile Photo BillPay feature is available to customers for free in the U.S. Bank iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile banking apps.
Several Banks Add Android Pay to Their Own Apps
Google has partnered with a small number of financial institutions in order to ease the process of signing up for Android Pay. Several banks, including Bank of America, Bank of New Zealand, Discover, mBank, and USAA, now let customers add debit/credit cards directly to Android Pay from within the mobile banking app.
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.
New Banks Join Apple Pay
U.S. Bank and M&T Bank today both added support for Apple Pay to their credit and debit cards.
Bank of America Apps Add Biometric Authentication
Bank of America today updated its Android and iOS apps with biometric security. Consumers who own handsets with fingerprint sensors — such as the Samsung Galaxy S6 or Apple iPhone 6 — can now use their fingerprint to secure the Bank of America app.
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.