Use Android Pay and Google Will Donate to Special Needs Education Projects

Android Pay and are teaming up with to support the 6.4 million children in the US education system with special needs. Starting today and running through December 31, every time you use Android Pay, Google is donating a dollar to special needs education projects, up to $1 million. Not only that, but on Black Friday, when you use Android Pay to purchase goods, Google will double their contribution to $2.  (more…)

Capital One Wallet Now Does NFC Payments

Add Capital One to the growing list of companies getting into the NFC mobile payment game. Through an update released today to the Capital One Wallet app on Android, the credit card company is allowing you to pay for things with your Capital One card(s) outside of services like Android Pay.

The update also brings receipt capture for connecting receipts with purchases and fixes bugs.

So yeah, another app that does mobile payments. Are you keeping track of them all?  (more…)

Samsung Pay Launches in the US Today!

Samsung Pay, the mobile payment system from Samsung that I would argue is actually a game changer, launches today in the US. I say that it’s a game changer because it’s not just another NFC payment system that requires retailers to have NFC-ready payment terminals. With Samsung Pay, you can (theoretically) pay at almost every credit card terminal you encounter, because it uses magnetic secure transmission (MST) that emulates a credit card swipe. It’s awesome.

Anyways, here are the details for today’s launch in the US.  (more…)

Android Pay Launches Today! (Updated: APK)

Google announced moments ago that the rollout of Android Pay on Android begins today. We thought today might be the day, after seeing the new Google Wallet app last night, but yep, it’s now official.

Like the old Google Wallet, Android Pay (which will replace your Google Wallet app) works with any NFC-enabled Android device running Android 4.4+. Sorry, OnePlus 2 owners. Android Pay supports credit and debit cards from American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Citi and Wells Fargo will be available “in the next few days,” while Capitol One is “coming soon.”  (more…)

Samsung Officially Announces Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic, With NFC Mobile Payments, and More

Samsung just made its new round smartwatches, the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic official ahead of press events at IFA in Berlin. We now know specs, battery life, operating system, the differences between each, what the bezel does, how you will navigate around the UI, and also that it will have NFC for mobile payments. Ready to learn?

The Gear S2 Classic was “made for users who prefer a more timeless watch design, offering an elegant Black finish with a matching genuine leather band.” It’s the black watch in this post. The regular Gear S2 is “ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.” It’s the white watch picture above and below.  (more…)

Samsung Pay Launches in the US September 28, Beta Trial Opens August 25

Along with its announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung also announced a starting date for its mobile payment system, Samsung Pay. The service finally arrives in the US on September 28, but there will be a beta trial period for select users that opens on August 25. If you live in Korea, well, you get to start using Samsung Pay as early as August 20.

At launch, Samsung Pay will be compatible with the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, along with the previously released Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Note 5 and S6 Edge+ will come preloaded with the software, while the regular S6 and S6 Edge will see a software update in mid-August to enable it.  (more…)