Whether you have a retirement account that you've set and forgotten or are an active investor making orders at your coffee table, it'd be handy to check up on your portfolio and get things done right from your smart speaker. Google has just made it easy to do with new brokerage services accessible by Google Assistant and listed right in the Google Account settings.
Android 10 includes a biometrics API that enables in-app authentications with face unlock on the Pixel 4 — the old software hook for fingerprint readers doesn't work with the new mechanism. Luckily, more and more companies are finally adding support for the interface. American Express is getting ready to join the club following a beta update to its Amex app.
We've been keeping track of the best deals to come from Amazon's Prime Day, but one of the most sizable discounts you can get today isn't actually tied to any specific gadget. Turns out, some AMEX cardholders can get 20% off, up to a maximum $100 off, if they link their AMEX Membership Rewards account to Amazon and make a purchase with at least 1 rewards point.
Android Pay launched in Spain two months ago, and today Google has updated the Pay support site to indicate the addition of two new card issuers: American Express and Edenred.
American Express cards that are supported include the Active Consumer, Business, and Corporate cards. The one Edenred card that is supported is the Ticket Restaurant Card, so maybe that's popular in Spain? I'm really not sure, but all other Edenred cards remain unsupported for now. But Amex support is probably welcome news for a significant number of people.
American Express also announced it on their website, here. This is in addition to the already large number of BBVA cards supported by Android Pay in the country that were part of the service's launch there.
Android Pay has barely been available in Canada for a month, but it already has a good selection of debit and credit cards signed up to use the service. The latest to get on board is American Express, adding the first card that isn't a MasterCard or Visa to Android Pay in the country.
Samsung Pay has been in the news quite a lot lately as it has added more banks in the US and expanded its availability to China, Singapore, and most recently Spain. Today, it's putting its foot in the land Down Under for the first time and officially launching in Australia.
The mobile payment method is available starting today for owners of the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7, and S7 Edge. Upon installing the app, users can add their Citibank credit cards and American Express cards and use their phones to securely make payments across different retailers, whether it's through NFC or MST.
Amex Mobile, the Android app for American Express cardholders, has received an update to v5.0 that includes a major redesign. Substantively speaking, this adds focus to benefits and rewards along with making statements viewable as an activity timeline.
While a new look is always welcome, for many it might be a bit of a letdown. Amex is marching to the beat of their own drum, with an interface that is both too big and too small at the same time, somewhat unintuitive, and at the least very out of place in comparison to the typical Android UI.
But before piling on too much, let's look at where it came from.
If you were wondering how long it would take the influence of the Apple Watch to be felt on the rest of the wearable world, the answer is "they didn't even wait for the thing to be released." Former Bluetooth headset leader and current wearable fitness also-ran Jawbone really wants to get in on that sweet mobile payment green, so they've partnered with American Express to include contactless payments on their latest fitness tracker, the UP4.
To be fair, the UP4 has charms beyond the ability to pay for your latte with a swipe of your wrist like the cool kids.