mobile payment

MasterCard developing new payment system that requires facial recognition

Biometrics are useful and productive. We’ve always imagined a future where you’d only need your face to be scanned to do some important transactions like paying the bills. We don’t know if this technology can be perfected in time but MasterCard is starting an experiment that aims to approve online purchases and payments with a facial scan at checkout. Think taking a selfie to pay for something. This is every selfie-addict’s dream come to true because really, it’s much easier to do compared to remembering a password, right?

Facebook Messenger secure P2P payments rolls out all over the US

Mobile payment transactions may not be the standard yet but there are a lot of people who prefer this method simply because of its ease and convenience. Others are simply worried about privacy and security but developers like Facebook know how to make an app secure all the time. Frequent updates and releases make sure the app is  always in tip-top shape.

Samsung Pay to debut in September instead of July

Samsung has confirmed that their supposed launch of mobile payment gateway Samsung Pay this July will be moved to September instead. It will now probably be part of the next high-end device that the Korean OEM will release, which means it will be the Galaxy Note 5, if they stick to the schedule this time. This is bad news for the company as it will be a few months where they will lose ground against other more aggressive mobile payment systems.

Android Pay hands-on: buying soda with a phone

Put your phone near a vending machine screen and out comes a can of Coke. If that sounds like a scene from a sci-fi show, then we can pretty much say that the future is here. That is exactly the image that Google wants to paint in our minds in demoing two use cases of its newly announced Android Pay mobile payment system. In one instance, we tried the feature earlier described, buying a soda can from an NFC-enabled vending machine. In another, we buy an Android, a collectible, from an Android, a phone, using Android Pay. Inception!

Big surprise: Android Pay coming your way

Google has formally announced something we already knew was coming anyway. Android Pay is real and is here. Google's latest attempt to cash in, no pun intended, on the mobile wallet trend tries to learn from the reasons that Google Wallet failed. Practically, this means that it has partnered with major payment networks, banks, carriers, and retailers even before it launched, ensuring that it will not only have an audience but also somewhere that audience can use it, whether it be an online purchase or a brick and mortar buy.

Samsung Wallet to cease operations on June 30

Mobile payment is still relatively new but there are only a few services that have been successful in the industry. Unfortunately, Samsung Wallet won't be in that category as Samsung is about to discontinue the payment service only after a little more than two years. It was developed as a mobile app which was immediately marked as an Apple Pay rival.

Pay with OpenTable now ready for Android

OpenTable has been making restaurant reservations easier and faster especially since it was added to Google Glass last year and with the recent update released only last month. Well, the app's development team is adding another new feature that allows mobile payments. Pay with OpenTable is now available for download so you can reserve and pay for your dinner right on your Android smartphone.

Google confirms Android Pay framework, MVNO network

Google announcements at major tech events are always worth noting, and at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, they made some major announcements that may not have been the "sexiest" but will definitely have a major impact on not just users but OEMs and their future partners as well. Google's Sundar Pichai confirmed several things, including the setting up of an Android Pay framework as well as the possibility of their own MVNO network.
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