In a blog entry recently posted in Google’s official blog by Pali Bhat, the vice president of product management for payments at Google, it was announced that existing payment features Android Pay and Google Wallet will now be merged under one brand name -- Google Pay. As described by Bhat, the decision is more of a rebranding move, not only to unify the tech giant’s current payment platforms, but more importantly to simplify everything for its users.
Wells Fargo has recently revealed that over 5,000 of its automated teller machines (ATMs) have now been upgraded to include support for cardless withdrawal transactions. Instead of using their bank cards, customers can just make full use of near field communications technology (NFC), the same tech being tapped in mobile payment systems such as Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay.
Android Pay, the mobile payment system developed and released by Google, can now be used by Android users to facilitate peer to peer (P2P) money transfers from one country to another. This is made possible through WorldRemit, which revealed recently that it will now allow customers to send money internationally via Google’s contactless mode of payment.
Google’s own mobile payment system is making its debut in Canada this week, while enjoying support from several major banking institutions based in the Great White North. The launch of Android Pay in Canada was actually teased by the tech giant during its recent I/O developer conference held a few weeks ago, and according to a report recently published by MobileSyrup, the Canadian roll out of Google’s contactless mode of payment was expected to happen.
Google recently took the opportunity to announce new partnership deals its Android Pay service had struck with a number of banking institutions from across the globe. The deal involves having these partner banks integrate the tech giant’s mobile payment system into their respective mobile apps. The banks include Bank of America, USAA, Bank of New Zealand, and mBank.
Google has officially pulled the plug on its Hands Free mobile payment program, a scheme that basically allows Android users to pay wirelessly without ever having to worry about pulling out a card or even a handset. This project ran only in the South Bay area of the city of San Francisco in California. It worked by first recognizing if a user is inside a participating business establishment by way of his mobile device’s location services. When the user utters the phrase “paying with Google,” Hands Free then facilitates the transaction via a Bluetooth LE or via Wi-Fi connection, and then the store’s cashier will only validate the purchasing through the user’s photo ID.
It appears that it might already be possible for iOS mobile users who have access to the cardless automated teller machines (ATMs) that Bank of America rolled out earlier in 2016 to withdraw money from said machines by way of the Apple Pay contactless mode of payment installed in their iPhone devices.
Verizon Wireless, the biggest wireless carrier in American, and Samsung, the world’s number one seller of smartphones, have each launched limited time special offers for mobile users looking to use Android Pay and Samsung Pay mobile payment systems. Those who avail of the promos can get to receive freebies such as gift cards and even free gigabytes of data.
The largest oil and gas company in the world has just deployed a new feature that makes full use of Apple Pay, as well as a credit, debit, or checking account stored on its Speedpass+ mobile app. Indeed, ExxonMobil has joined the list of corporations (albeit still limited) taking advantage of mobile payment systems, which empower consumers to pay for products or services using their mobile devices. As for Apple’s own contactless mode of payment, Apple Pay is now rolling out in more than 6,000 Exxon or Mobil branded gas stations across 46 states in America.
Google is already in the process of deploying its Hands Free program, which basically is a voice operated mobile payment app (separate from the tech giant’s own Android Pay mobile payment system) that allows consumers to pay for stuff they purchased without having to pull their smartphones out from their pocket or bag. The service is being rolled out in a pilot in the Southern San Francisco Bay Area starting this week.
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