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.
Synaptics Says A 'Top Five' Phone Company to Use Its Under-the-Glass Fingerprint Reader
Synaptics today said of the five largest phone manufacturers in the world has agreed to use its Clear ID FS9500 optical, in-display fingerprint sensor. The FS9500 can scan fingerprints through the full thickness of smartphone cover glass, which means device makers can create sleek, button-free designs and still include a fingerprint reader on the front.
Target Adds Mobile Payment Feature to its App
Target today made it possible for people to make in-store payments with their smartphones through the Target mobile app. Similar to Walmart’s offering, shoppers can link their debit cart to the new Wallet function within the Target app.
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.
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.
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.
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