March 2, 2015

Google Confirms Android Pay: A Mobile Payments Layer 'Anybody Can Build On'

Google has announced that it's working on a new mobile payments framework named Android Pay. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google exec Sundar Pichai confirmed that this would not be a new product for users, but an "API layer" that allows other companies to support secure payments on Android in both physical stores and via apps.

"We are doing it in a way in which anybody else can build a payments service on top of Android," said Pichai. "So, in places like China and Africa we hope that people will use Android Pay to build innovative services."

Android Pay will support NFC and biometrics

Although Pichai did not explain the details of Android Pay to any great degree, he claimed it would "start with NFC" and eventually...

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