Android-IconAt Mobile World Congress today Elderly Vice President of Google Sundar Pichai exposed a handful of brand-new projects the business is treateding, consisting of a brand-new mobile payments option called Android Pay (through The Edge).

Though simply spoken of briefly, Pichai stated that the brand-new service would take a distinctly more developer-focused path, calling Android Pay a “designer tool” that would certainly give those designers considerable flexibility in ways to carry out the payments solution.

He kept in mind that the solution was less a brand-new consumer-level devices and more of an “API layer” that will give other developers and companies the opportunity to construct intriguing mobile repayment options on Android platforms.

“We are doing it in such a way in which anyone else can develop a repayments solution atop Android,” said Pichai. “So, in places like China and Africa we wish that people will make use of Android Pay to construct cutting-edge services.”

Although Pichai did not discuss the details of Android Pay to any sort of terrific degree, he claimed it would “start with NFC” and at some point accommodate biometric sensing units as well.Google’s news complies with on the heels of Samsung’s own access right into the contactless repayment market with Samsung Pay just yesterday. Samsung’s providing is established to be baked in to the upcoming Summer season release of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Advantage mobile phones, which will consist of a fingerprint scanner that can help protect mobile repayments made on the device, dropping much more in line as a direct competitor to Apple Pay compared to Google’s new solution.

Samsung is attempting ahead out of eviction solid, with the business having actually already made handle MasterCard and Visa to support the service and attempting to align numerous other companies and banks before the brand-new Galaxy phone launches this summer season. The news shows up to be a direct extension of Samsung’s purchase of mobile payments-focused business LoopPay previously in February, establishing itself approximately fight Apple Pay in the coming months.

Pichai kept in mind during MWC that Android Pay is a bit more flexible of a solution, not securing itself into one specific phone or brand name similar to Apple Pay or the upcoming Samsung Pay. He continued that the company doesn’t mean to directly compete with Samsung’s newly announced mobile payments solution, and pointed out that Google intended to “function very closely [together] to view just how we can straighten [with them]”

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