At Mobile Globe Congress today Senior Vice President of Google Sundar Pichai exposed a handful of new tasks the company is functioning on, including a brand-new mobile repayments remedy called Android Pay (using The Verge).
Though only spoken of briefly, Pichai pointed out that the new service would certainly take a decidedly a lot more developer-focused path, calling Android Pay a ‘designer tool’ that would offer those designers substantial versatility in just how to carry out the payments service.
He noted that the solution was much less a brand-new consumer-level devices as well as even more of an ‘API layer’ that will offer various other designers and firms the chance to develop interesting mobile repayment options on Android platforms.
‘We are doing it in a manner in which anybody else could build a payments service on leading of Android,’ stated Pichai. ‘So, in locations like China and also Africa we hope that folks will certainly make use of Android Pay to construct innovative services.’
Although Pichai did not describe the specifics of Android Pay to any sort of excellent level, he claimed it would ‘begin with NFC’ and at some point suit biometric sensing units as well.
Google’s news follows on the heels of Samsung’s own entry into the contactless repayment market with Samsung Pay just yesterday. Samsung’s offering is readied to be baked in to the upcoming Summer season launch of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, which will certainly include a finger print scanner to assist safeguard mobile payments made on the tool, dropping much more in line as a direct competitor to Apple Pay compared to Google’s brand-new service.
Samsung is attempting ahead from eviction strong, with the company having actually currently made handle MasterCard and Visa to assist the solution as well as trying to line up different other companies and banks prior to the new Galaxy phone launches this summer. The announcement looks a direct continuation of Samsung’s acquisition of mobile payments-focused business LoopPay earlier in February, establishing itself as much as fight Apple Pay in the coming months.
Pichai noted throughout MWC that Android Pay is a little bit much more flexible of a solution, not securing itself onto one certain phone or brand name much like Apple Pay or the upcoming Samsung Pay. He proceeded that the firm doesn’t suggest to directly compete with Samsung’s recently announced mobile payments service, and also stated that Google desired to ‘function very closely [together] to view exactly how we can arranged [with them]’