Even as we're swimming in mobile payment systems from such wide poles of the electronics world as Google to WalMart, one has to admit that Samsung Pay's ability to pay for goods and services using most standard card-swipe machines is pretty neat. A recent report from Reuters says that Samsung has even more plans for mobile payments, and it doesn't have much to do with "mobile" at all.
Reuters quotes Thomas Ko, a co-general manager of Samsung Pay, who said that the service would be coming to a wider variety of Samsung phones and to online payments "within the next year." Expanding the contactless payment system to more mobile devices is a no-brainer - the more people that can use it, the more Samsung earns in transaction fees. Read More
We here in the States aren't always quick to adopt new technology (or in this case, new-ish). Take those little security chips embedded in credit cards. Yeah, we're only just now getting around to using those. Banks are starting to send them out, and retailers are having to update their machines.
So PayPal is now bringing its Here Chip Card Reader to the US. This updated unit accepts chip card transactions in addition to magnetic stripes. Starting next month, merchants who do not accept chip cards will be liable for point of sale fraud unless they update to an EMV terminal. Read More
In Part 1 of this teardown, we saw what may be the return of Android@Home, or at least something similar. There were also new pieces to Nearby, Google's unique technology for finding two devices (and people) in close proximity, and a possible (subtle) change to the way Smart Lock responds to wearable devices. In Part 2, we'll continue with the possible centralization of Chrome Sync to Play services, project Sidewinder, a mysterious appearance by Facebook, and more.
Disclaimer: Teardowns are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete evidence. It's possible that the guesses made here are totally and completely wrong. There is always a chance that details may change or plans may be cancelled prior to the launch of a new feature discovered in a teardown.
Lyft, the pink mustachioed ride service competitor to Uber, has added a couple of sweet new features to its Android app today which should make it easier for passengers to pay their fare.
First, Lyft now supports PayPal as a means of payment. Nuff said. Second, it is now easier to add new forms of payment with a nifty tool that lets you upload additional credit cards by just snapping a photo. I tried it out, and sure enough, it worked without a hitch.
You can change your prefered payment source at any time in the payments tab. Use the widget below to cruise on over to the Play Store to download or update Lyft on your phone. Read More
The standard way to buy content from the Play Store is to key in a credit or debit card number, but there are many alternative approaches to choose from. You can buy credit online, purchase a gift card from a store, have your carrier send you a bill, or connect Google Wallet to your PayPal account.
PayPal support has to roll out on a country by country basis, and now Turkey has made the list.
Residents of this country that straddles the line between Europe and the Middle East should be able to use their accounts to purchase apps, games, and books from Google Play. Read More
I don't know about you but I'm not used to Paypal offering stuff for free. Actually the company's policy always seems to be about nickeling and diming at every opportunity it gets, so today is your chance (maybe?) to redeem some of the monies you lost to Paypal in a currency exchange or transaction fee.
A £3 Coupon code is being offered by the company for purchases on Google Play. Open the page (from the source link below), click to save the offer and have it added to your Paypal account, then go to the Google Play Store and make a purchase using Paypal as the payment method at check out. Read More
Some people download a million apps to their Android phone, one for each and every activity. Coincidentally, these are also the people who ask their brother why their phone, which was lightning fast when they got it, is suddenly struggling to open the homescreen under the load of three different QR code readers. (Not that I'm pointing fingers. Bekie.) For those who prefer to keep fewer apps installed, the latest PayPal update adds the ability to scan and retrieve gift cards.
The new feature is an extension of "PayPal Wallet," and it works in pretty much the same way. Open the wallet, tap the "+" button in the upper right corner, and select "Gift Card." Unfortunately only 31 stores are supported, but some of the big ones include Toys R Us, Staples, Lowe's, and Gamestop. Read More
That fingerprint reader that came with your Samsung Galaxy gadget can secure your lockscreen, but unlocking your device isn't the only task it can help speed up. For heavy PayPal users, it can be an ideal way to make online purchases more quickly. Instead of keying in your PayPal credentials, you can apply your print. Now this ability has come to the Play Store version of the app.
To take advantage of the functionality, you need a Galaxy phone or tablet with a fingerprint reader such as S5, Note 4, Alpha, or Tab S. Previously you needed to install PayPal from Samsung Apps, as the Play Store version didn't contain the extra bits necessary to make the magic happen. Read More
Back in May 2014, Google Play started accepting Paypal as a payment method in 12 countries around the world including the US, UK, France, Germany, and more. Those of you unlucky enough to live outside of this approved list were left having to use carrier billing or a silly plastic credit card to get their fix of apps, games, and various entertainment things. If you live in Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, or Sweden, and hated this exclusion, the Google Gods might be smiling down on you now because Paypal payments are now available for you too.
This change expands the number of supported countries to 18, most of which are in Europe. Read More