Wagamama, a British pan-Asian casual restaurant chain, is teaming up with MasterCard to let customers use a mobile application to pay for meals, adding speed and convenience to the dining experience.
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Pizza Hut’s demonstration with Visa and Accenture of a connected car shopping experience at the Mobile World Congress is the next stage in consumers’ addiction to their smartphones, built on their growing trust in mobile commerce.
With Google is angling to dominate Android mobile payments, Samsung is moving quickly to make its own mark with the launch of Samsung Pay while PayPal has acquired MCX partner Paydiant, giving it access to major retailers.
MasterCard’s partnership with Cubic Transportation Systems points to the growing relationship between mobile payments and the transportation sector, suggesting that digital payments may soon overtake physical ones, a move that would convenience operators, retailers and travelers.
Starbucks is extending its expertise in mobile payments to business travelers through a new partnership with expense reporting system Concur.
Spotify and Facebook are leveraging mobile payment firm Boku’s new Phone-on-File platform, which enables customers to store mobile phone numbers as their payment method of choice, offering a streamlined checkout process for one-time and repeat purchases.
Virgin America is the first United States airline to integrate with Visa Checkout, a platform which does not require consumers to enter in credit card information while completing a purchase online or on a mobile device, proving that the airline industry continues to move quickly into the mcommerce sector.
Barclays bank is teaming up with Twitter to unroll a payments feature via its Pingit mobile application for consumers in Britain, proving that social networks continue to take on more commerce options in the mobile space.
MasterCard is rolling out Host Card Emulation, a cloud-based mobile payments system, to more than 15 new countries on the heels of Visa’s announcement that it will offer consumers more options of using the wave-to-pay capability, suggesting it could be a technology to watch in 2015.
Google is teaming up with Softcard in the hopes of positioning Google Wallet as the leader in Android mobile payments, but it is likely to face a number of competitors.