Android Pay API rumored for Google I/O launch

We’ve been talking a lot lately about Google’s interests in mobile payments, from rumors of an unusual Bluetooth-based system, to the boost Wallet is getting thanks to that new Softcard deal, to word of a general focus at I/O this year on Google Wallet. But more than just making an effort to get additional Android users shopping with Wallet, today we hear rumors of a plan to build payment support into new apps, with word of a new Android Pay API that could debut at I/O.

Android Pay would offer developers an easy framework for both supporting in-app transactions, as well as delivering NFC-based mobile payment abilities for use in retail stores. Rather than replacing Wallet, it would empower devs to offer Wallet-like features from within their own software.

If all that sounds a little redundant, you’re not alone in your skepticism, and it’s clear that we’re going to need to hear a lot more from Google about just what Android Pay will offer and how it works before we have a full sense of this effort to transform payments on Android. With Google I/O on the calendar for late May, we’re just another three months away from finding out.

Source: Ars Technica
Via: Android Central

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