MasterCard Looks to Grease Mobile Payments
MasterCard has recently opened up its payment services to developers wishing to create online or mobile payment applications. Previously, third-parties wishing to use MasterCard's systems needed to sign a merchant's agreement. MasterCard is allowing developers to access its APIs (application programming interfaces) without signing the merchant agreement. MasterCard believes that be opening the APIs up to developers, it will spur the creation of better and easier-to-use mobile payment applications and services. The technology will allow developers to offer things such as in-game purchases, as well as more effective SMS alerts and even integration with paid services in applications such as Facebook.
Google to Simplify Android Pay for Developers
Google today said it has streamlined the developer tools needed to add Android Pay support to mobile apps and web sites. The company revised the APIs used by developers, who should now be able to enable Android Pay with just a few lines of code.
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.
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.
Google Says Play Services 5.0 Rollout Complete
Google today said the majority of Android smartphones and tablets have been upgraded to Play Services 5.0. The newest version of Play Services, which Google first revealed during its I/O developer event in June, is a major leap forward for developers.
Capital One Adds NFC-Based Payments to Android App
Capital One today added tap-and-go mobile payment powers to its Android application, independent of services such as Android Pay or Samsung Pay. Capital One cardholders can add their debit card or credit card to the Capital One Android mobile app and make secure payments anywhere contactless payments are accepted.