Google IO 2016 Coverage

Fitbit scoops up Coin, will likely build mobile payments in fitness trackers

fitbit_blaze_plum_wristMobile payments make sense on wearable technology, which is Fitbit has made a move to purchase Coin. Coin already created a credit card that would take advantage of NFC payments, so adding this technology to a fitness tracker is a natural move.

This purchase was recent, so don’t expect to see NFC payments make their way into any 2016 Fitbits. Beyond that, though? There’s a pretty good chance. Read more

New Samsung Pay promo targets people on the fence


Unlike other mobile payments services, Samsung Pay has thrived since launching last year. The company’s own mobile payments service is supported by more merchants worldwide because of its ability to work with old and new terminals. Additionally, the company has offered big promotions for anyone who uses Samsung. Support and incentives are what has allowed Samsung Pay to be successful despite only working on Samsung’s phones.

On Friday, Samsung rolled out a new promotion for anyone who has Samsung Pay but never used it.

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Google confirms Android Pay will launch in the UK in the coming months

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It seems that everyone is launching a mobile payments system these days, in the United States at least, anyway. Here in the UK we basically just have Apple Pay, which is of no obvious use for Android users, along with Barclay’s bPay solution which is limited to its own customers. Back in February, it was reported that Google might launch Android Pay in the UK in the coming months, and today the search giant has confirmed this is the case.  Read more

Setting up Samsung Pay on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge


It’s pretty clear that Samsung Pay is the best mobile payments service in the world. Samsung’s solution for buying things with your phone is supported just about anywhere because of its ability to work with old and new terminals at checkout. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, in addition to last year’s flagships, have both NFC and MST technology to allow Samsung Pay to be supported by more merchants than Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Want to start using Samsung Pay wherever you shop? Let’s get it set up on your phone.

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Samsung Pay handled over $500 million in six months


Tonight, Samsung allowed us behind the curtain of its mobile payments service. The company says Samsung Pay has handled over $500 million in transactions for around 5 million users in the first six months of existing. The United States and Samsung’s home of South Korea have led with the strongest adoption rates.

Adoption rates around the world will only grow as more countries, payment networks, and banks partner with Samsung.

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Use Samsung Pay and maybe you’ll spend New Year’s Eve with Usher


Plan on watching Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy bear the cold in New York City to ring in 2016? Think again. You could be spending it with Usher in Los Angeles.

Forty-nine malls throughout the United States are partnering with Samsung to give users of its mobile payments service a very special gift to welcome the new year. These malls will have Samsung Pay experiences opened from now until January 10, but activating it there through December 21 will enter you into a contest to win two round-trip tickets to Los Angeles for a New Year’s Eve party where Usher will be performing.

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