Bringing contactless mobile payments to bricks-and-mortar stores continues to be a challenging process plagued with technology difficulties, inexperienced store associates and an evolving landscape.
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Microsoft is reportedly developing a payments solution for Windows devices, making it the latest mobile operating system to push into the space and lending further support to proximity payments.
In an expected move, mobile payments solution Softcard will be heading into the sunset as the nation’s three biggest wireless carriers consider if and what role they can play in what is expected to be a very significant market in the near future.
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.
The growing chorus singing the praises of Apple Pay and calling 2015 the tipping point for mobile payments may be premature as ongoing challenges with fragmentation, availability and perception promise to dampen adoption.
While Apple Pay has quickly become the mobile payments platform to beat on iOS, the ongoing leadership void for Android users could be solved by Google’s reported interest in acquiring Softcard.
A recent study conducted by Strategy Analytics revealed that payments made with near field communications-enabled mobile handsets are set to exceed $130 billion of consumer retail around the world by 2020.
Apple Pay continues to add more partners, including a number of new banks, which will drive perceived value for consumers and encourage more banks as well as retailers to jump on board.
Pebble smartwatch wearers can now make payments and receive payment notifications through online service PayPal and its mobile application, which shows the growing momentum of the wearable movement, anticipated to become a payment norm within a few years.
Softcard users in Salt Lake City, UT, are three-and-a-half times more likely to engage with offers and four times more likely to use loyalty cards than the national average, according to new results from the near-field communications payments provider.