Google, MasterCard, Citigroup Team on NFC-Based Payments
According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, Google is partnering with MasterCard and Citigroup in hopes of launching a near-field communication (NFC)-based mobile payment system for its Android phones later this year. The Journal's sources say that the system will work with one existing Android device, the Samsung Nexus S, and many Android handsets that are yet to come. VeriFone will also play a role, providing the mobile payment terminals at retail locations across the country. Google will not take a piece of the transaction, but it will gather and analyze end-user data in order to sell more effective advertising to local merchants. The Nexus S has an NFC chip inside, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread supports NFC systems. The Journal's sources didn't say exactly when the NFC-based payment program would launch. RIM has committed to adding NFC to future BlackBerries. VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron told the Journal that Apple will add NFC capabilities to future versions of the iPhone, though Apple has not announced any such support.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
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.
NFC Forum Hopes Developer Program Will Kickstart Apps
The NFC Forum today launched the NFC Developer Program, a series of resources aimed to help developers create NFC-enabled apps. The NFC Developer Program will include events, as well as web-based tools, such as SDKs, tech specs, news, and product highlights.
Android Pay to Gain Loyalty Rewards, Other Promotions
Google said customer loyalty programs and other consumer-facing benefits are headed to Android Pay. Speaking at a finance conference in Las Vegas, Google's SVP of ads and commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy, said the service has signed up "millions" of people since launch.
Google Wireless Service May Require Nexus 6
Google's forthcoming wireless service will only be available to the Nexus 6 handset at launch, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing sources familiar with Google's plans, the Journal says Google's wireless service will "weave together" access from T-Mobile and Sprint's cellular services, in addition to WiFi.
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