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    The current breadth of mobile payment systems is still fairly limited. We've focused in-depth pieces on the three major efforts from Android, Apple and Samsung so far. In regards to the chaebol of the group, it says that Samsung Pay has been doing well for them, especially in its home country, and expansion is not a question of if, but how and when. Rival chaebol LG hopes that the wild west is still open enough for one more payments solution as it plans on launching something that could appear in both Korea and the US as early as next month. The company is signing agreements with Korea's ...

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    While we mention the spread of Samsung Pay to different devices, Samsung or not, we have to have the territory to use the service in. So far, Samsung has reached deals with banking, retail and cellular network partners in South Korea and the US. We've been promised a further push into other countries like the UK, Spain and China during Samsung's August event. Well, look at that: SamMobile is reporting that we'll see those three countries receive Samsung Pay in Q1 of next year. Same device rules are in play — the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+ & the Galaxy Note 5. We don't ...

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    Android Pay isn't the first time Google has gotten into the mobile payments business. Google demonstrated Google Wallet way back in 2011, and released it in these United States that September. The Google Wallet used NFC and a "secure element" in your smartphone to take advantage of contactless payment terminals which were slated to replace traditional swipe-to-pay card readers. Since then, Apple has gotten into the game with its own product, Apple Pay, and Google has restructured and re-released its service, this time calling it Android Pay. Despite all the technological mumbo jumbo, ...

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    Samsung Pay is doing well for itself across Korea. New figures show that a million subscribers in South Korea have made over ₩100B in transactions, 75 percent of which were made with Magnetic Secure Technology. But Samsung's Injong Rhee wasn't just interested in giving out digits. Instead, he was focused on expanding the chaebol's technology reach on multiple fronts in an extensive interview. Rhee says that Samsung Pay — with its MST — is mainly up against not other mobile payment systems, but with plastic. More and more, all the plastic cards -- gift cards, membership cards and ...

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    Apple Pay started its international romp over the past quarter after having been bound by continental shores just before. Sure, you may have a bit of trick to pull if you need to make a purchase above £30 in the United Kingdom on the popular Apple Pay or other systems, but improvements and farther reaches have been slowly and surely coming. Now we're getting word of some huge real estate Apple wants to tackle: China. Apple has taken $13.4 million to set up shop in China within Shanghai's free-trade zone as Apple Technology Service (Shanghai) Ltd. and is awaiting for regulatory approval ...

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    If you're behind a compelling feature at a company like Samsung, you should probably bring it to as many possible applications as you can. The Samsung Pay mobile payment system, featuring magnetic secure transmission technology, has started on its way to traction. But with availability limited currently to the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, it's an amenity for those who can afford to pay for it in the first place. Maybe not so, says JK Shin, Director of Mobile Products. He responded to a question on whether or not Samsung Pay will be available for lower-end phones ...

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    I was one of the first people in my area to adopt Google Wallet. Everywhere I did business soon knew me as "the guy who pays with his phone" - so long as they were equipped with a compatible terminal. I helped train cashiers how to use this "newfangled" payment method, and even helped identify when terminals were installed - but not configured - to use NFC payments. Google Wallet I was also one of the folks who was burned by the "Secure element not responding" bug in Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus. For those of you who don't know (or have forgotten), back in 2011 Google Wallet was just ...

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    Remember when the company even announced Samsung Pay? It was with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge debut. Samsung promised a launch within the year and we got it. In addition to tap-and-go NFC payments, thanks to acquired technology from LoopPay, you can swipe your Samsung phone (S6 or later) down most magnetic stripe readers. But the laggard mobile payment system still needs to mount a credible challenge to its forerunners Apple Pay and Google Wallet — soon to be with Android Pay. And to do that, it will need to hop, skip and jump fast while a new type of "payphone" is still new to ...

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    One of the biggest changes to the smartphone scene in 2015 has been a dramatic rise in the quality of budget to midrange smartphones, as OEMs race to capitalize on the huge market of users who simply want a reliable phone without having to drop $700+, or sign a contract with their carrier. As phones like the Idol 3, Zenfone 2, and Moto G surface, we're seeing more handsets with terrific specs (sometimes even outpacing some flagships), great software, and interesting new hardware designs. Accessible versions of the flagships many lust after, but simply can't afford. It's been a great year ...

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    Companies still struggle to make Mobile Payments a popular service among users. Google continues to be the more predominant service when it comes to install base, but Apple is the company that has nailed this service most with Apple Pay, even if to a lukewarm reception. If you've noticed we pretty much haven't mentioned Microsoft on this topic lately, that's because there hasn't been much to talk about until now. Microsoft's WinHEC conference continues in China, and today we learn more about what changes are coming to mobile payments with Windows 10. After Google snatched Softcard a few ...

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    Earlier this week we got word of a big step forward for Google Wallet, as Google inked a deal with previous mobile payment competitor Softcard that would see Google Wallet land pre-installed on phones from major US carriers. That sounded great for Google, but what about Softcard users? Well, those on Android clearly had the option to switch over to Google Wallet, but that's only part of the Softcard, as the company also provided mobile payment solutions for Windows Phone. And while users abroad have other options for NFC payments on the platform, Softcard had been the only one available in ...

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    Last week we heard that Google was getting ready to breathe some fresh life into Wallet, not content to sit idly by and let Apple Pay dominate the mobile payments game. It wasn't clear exactly what was going to happen, but it sounded big, and it sure seemed to fit well enough with earlier rumors that Google could be considering acquiring mobile payment competitor Softcard (the one with all the carrier involvement). As it turns out, we won't be waiting until I/O to learn just what Google's up to with Wallet, and today the company starts sharing news of Wallet's next chapter, which will find ...

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    Remember when the big battle in mobile payments was Google versus the carriers? Or more precisely, Google Wallet versus Isis? With AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all on the Isis team, and some taking technical measures to retard the spread of Wallet, it looked like we were ready for a showdown. But then Google freed Wallet from the constraints of secure hardware elements, Isis turned into Softcard, and Apple Pay landed to new controversy. And really, except for news of Isis/Softcard's Windows Phone compatibility, it felt like momentum for that whole project had seriously stalled. Well, ...

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    Android 5.0 Lollipop brings with it a lot of new features and functionality, and it just looks nicer - but that's not my favorite part. My favorite feature of Android Lollipop, believe it or not, is the setup process! The first thing you'll see when you power on your Lollipop-powered smartphone or tablet is the welcome screen. The screen itself looks beautiful. After you select your language and locale you're asked if you want to connect to your WiFi network to download all the settings and apps using that network rather than your cellular data plan. Once you connect you'll be asked if ...

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    Are you a Windows Phone user who's been sitting back and watching from a distance all the chaos going on with NFC-based mobile payments on smartphones? Those Android users had been talking about how great NFC payments were for years, and now Apple went and swooped in to bring things mainstream. And of course, as soon as it did, some players with a payment system of their own decided to push back, killing-off NFC payments at their stores in the process. As a Windows Phone fan, you used to be able to take a hands-off approach to the whole thing, declaring, “you other platforms work out NFC ...

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    Does NFC have a curse on it when it comes to mobile payments? Every time it seems like a payment system is just about ready to really become popular, it feels like some business interests have to step in, flex their muscle, and do everything in their power to ruin things. Android users faced that headache as carriers clashed with Google Wallet over access to the secure element on our phones, forcing Google to come up with a work-around. And now that Apple Pay is live in the US and more users than ever before have the ability to make NFC payments, another group of companies is  doing ...

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    Last week's launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus afforded Apple the opportunity to give its smartphone lineup some hardware it had been missing for years: an NFC transceiver. While NFC has been present on Android devices going back several generations, and we've even seen it come to platforms like Windows Phone, Apple has been hesitant to follow suit. But this year was different, as Apple didn't just launch new hardware, but also its Apple Pay mobile payments system, finally giving it a solid reason to justify NFC's presence; just as you might do with Google Wallet or Softcard (née ...

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    My LG G Watch arrived on July seventh and got slapped on my wrist just moments later. Since then I've worn it, my Pebble, and the Moto 360. I'm convinced that my days with Pebble (at least in its current incarnation) are behind me. Android Wear is significantly more advanced, easier to use, more intuitive, and all around better looking - especially when referring to the Moto 360. Even still, and after more than one OTA update, Android Wear still needs work. Watch Faces First and foremost, the watch faces that come with the G Watch aren't that great. Sure, they get the job done, but they're ...

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    It's impossible to talk about this week's launch announcement of Apple Pay, the NFC-enabled mobile payment system available with the new iPhones and Apple Watch, without drawing comparisons to Google Wallet. And with good reason, as the two services are more alike than either company would probably like to admit – at the end of the day, they're both moving money from A to B, and there aren't that many ways to spice things up. But now one small, though still notable difference is emerging, as we learn how Apple intends to profit from Apple Pay's use. With Google Wallet, we were always ...

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    One of the many rumors surrounding Apple's plans to deliver its iPhone 6 lineup has concerned the presence (or not) of support for NFC. Granted, such talk is hardly new, and last year we were hearing about possible NFC support for the iPhone 5S – hell, we were even seeing NFC rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 back in 2012, continuing up until just hours before the phone's launch event. So of course, they returned this year, with a flurry of new claims, and some circumstantial, if less-than-ironclad evidence. But this time we finally might see some results, and new imagery of the iPhone 6 ...

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    Smartphone security is a good idea, but it’s also a pain in the butt. So if you’re sick of swiping patterns and selecting security codes (and you’re into temporary body modification) Vivalnk and Motorola have just the thing for you. The Vivalnk digital tattoo is a temporary wearable NFC tag coated with 3M adhesive that works with the Moto X's Skip technology to allow you to unlock your smartphone without entering a passcode, swiping a pattern, or smiling for the camera. Just wake the Moto X's screen and tap it to your wrist (or wherever you've stuck the digital tattoo), and you're ...

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    Apple is notoriously famous for being a late bloomer when it comes to adding new hardware features to its iPhone lineup. Still, we must admit that in most of these cases, the late adoption of certain technology has allowed Apple to find smarter ways to use it. We've been using NFC on Android smartphones for years, and more rumors point to Apple doing the same with the iPhone 6. Leaked photos of the iPhone 6 printed circuit board (PCB) show us that it's not only growing in size, but it's also growing in the antennas it will support. The sources claim that the extra connectors found in the ...

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    Wearables, man. It used to be that if you wanted to be at the forefront of technology, having a smartphone in your pocket was all you needed. But now with smartwatches and the likes of Google Glass being picked up by new users every day, living on the bleeding edge means strapping a bunch of that gear right on to your body. Some of these futurists are taking things one step further, and today Motorola shares one of the ways users are doing just that, introducing a “tattoo” that lets Moto X owners unlock their phones. Well, the VivaLnk Digital Tattoo may describe itself as such, but ...

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    As manufacturing of the iPhone 6 continues, leaked parts at different stages of manufacturing will be common leaks going forward. Yesterday we saw the three color options we should expect after finding the device's SIM trays in leaked photos. Today we get to see the metallic rear shell of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 in other photos, and things like NFC are included in the rumor. Feld & Volk is a Russian-based company that specializes in selling luxury modifications for the iPhone. As such, the company claims to have good relationships with iPhone suppliers, and claims that these leaked ...

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    Apple has never been famous for being the first company that ever launches a specific product nor category. What it has been famous for , is in figuring out the right way to do something, and we've seen it repeatedly with products like the iPhone, iPad and even the iPod. We've heard some substantial rumors that the company is working on a mobile payments system of its own, to battle defeated products like Google Wallet, and today we get more reports on what it will be like. It seems that Apple has already reached an agreement with China UnionPay on a mobile payment service, and for this to ...

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