Tag Archive: Payments


Google I/O 2017: What’s next for Google payments?

During its keynote a few days ago, Google revealed a host of new features that will be coming to the Google Assistant in the near future. Google said the Assistant will allow users to pay for stuff, but during a later talk regarding Android Pay it also revealed users will soon be allowed to send […]

Android Pay coming to Canada, Spain, Brazil and others, debuts peer-to-peer payments

Android Pay is expanding to new markets, and expanding its U.S. capabilities.

Even though Android Pay is available in 10 markets right now, it’s been a relatively slow, plodding expansion for Google’s mobile payment platform. At Google I/O 2017, the company announced that it is expanding to a further five markets in the coming months, launching in Canada, Brazil, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. There have been numerous hints that Android Pay was imminently launching in Canada and Russia, so  [Read More…]

Making the case for WhatsApp as a digital payments platform in India

WhatsApp isn’t just a texting app. It’s an all-encompassing platform.

WhatsApp usage is ubiquitous in India. Out of 1.2 billion global users, 200 million are located in India, making the country the largest market for the messaging service. Over the course of the last two years, WhatsApp evolved from a barebones messaging app — which is how it gained prominence in India — to a full-fledged communications platform that supports voice calls, (/whatsapp-officially-launches-video-calling), easy backups to Drive,  [Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy S8 will use facial recognition for mobile payments

It’s straight out of a science fiction novel.

The rumor of the Samsung Galaxy S8’s facial recognition abilities is becoming stronger with each passing day. Bloomberg is reporting that the South Korean smartphone maker’s next smartphone will use that particular ability for securing mobile payments.

Here’s a snippet of the report:

Samsung Electronics Co.’s new Galaxy S8 will employ facial-recognition technology for mobile payments within months of release, adding cutting-edge security to help the marquee device stand  [Read More…]

You might soon be able to make payments with a pair of VISA sunglasses

Google had the Glass and Snapchat has its Spectacles – both intriguing attempts of bringing the average pair of sunglass into the smart era. While Google Glass focused on “augmented reality”, Snapchat’s Spectacles aim to allow users to capture adventures on the go, kind of like a GoPro you put right on your face. Well […]

How to set up payments with Google Home

Now that payments are built into Assistant, your Google Home can not only keep your shopping list but order from it, too.

As of this writing, payments only work for Google Express. Google Express is an online market built from more than 40 nationwide retailers. You’ll find companies like Target, Toys R Us, Costco, Walgreens and more. Shopping through Google Express is just like shopping most anywhere else. You can also pay a membership fee for extras  [Read More…]

Soon you’ll be able to make payments via the Google Assistant

If you’re a Pixel owner, you’ll soon be able to pay via your Google Assistant. The functionality was teased a month ago, but now it appears to have appeared for some users who are using the latest beta version of the app. Which can only mean it might not take very long until we see […]

I have seen the future of wearable payments, and it is magical

Disney World does mobile payments right.

I went to Walt Disney World at the beginning of December. It was absolutely glorious. And each day, while in the parks, I did not take a wallet with me. I stuck my driver’s license in the back of my phone’s clear case, and that was all I brought. And while I bought tons of keepsakes and food, my credit cards stayed safely in my hotel room.

Did I use  [Read More…]

Android Pay links up with Visa Checkout and Masterpass for quicker online payments

Google just loves making it even simpler to buy things online.

Alongside Google’s initiative to have Android Pay be a standalone mobile payment solution for e-commerce sites, it has also today announced a partnership that will let Android Pay users use their payment methods anywhere that Visa Checkout and Mastercard Masterpass are accepted. That means any site that has integrated with Visa Checkout or Masterpass is now available for you to pay via Android Pay on your phone once  [Read More…]

Samsung Pay: The greatest challenge for universal mobile payments isn’t the technology

As Samsung prepares to launch its payment service in more countries, the biggest hurdle won’t be the technology itself, or even rivals like Apple or Google.

Samsung Pay has been a slow burn thus far. First announced back at Mobile World Congress 2015, the Korean firm’s mobile payment service is only live right now in South Korea and the United States. It’s expected to expand to more countries very soon, including the UK and Spain.

Samsung  [Read More…]