Apple to launch rewards program for Apple Pay users next month; Android Pay to be unveiled at I/O?

Apple to launch rewards program for Apple Pay users next month; Android Pay to be unveiled at I/O?
Apple Pay customers are about to get a number of perks for using the mobile payment system. Next month, Apple is expected to introduce a rewards program for Apple Pay users. This apparently will be introduced next month at WWDC in San Francisco. Exactly what these perks are is unknown at this point. According to the New York Times, they will probably be designed to keep consumers returning to certain merchants.

While Apple Pay has raised the public's awareness of mobile payment systems, it still is only available at a limited number of retailers in the U.S. It also is limited to those with the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch.

Meanwhile, Google is expected to announce Android Pay later today at its I/O developer conference. Google recently acquired technology and patents from the now defunct mobile payment system Softcard, and it is unknown how much of Android Pay will be using the fruits of that acquisition. When consumers use Android Pay, points will automatically be added to loyalty programs run by merchants.

A revamped Google Wallet will be available for both Android and iOS users. Google Wallet was originally released in 2011 but Google never connected with the banks that issue credit cards, or with the credit card network. This time around, Google is said to be working with the banks and credit card networks.

A third major player could be in the picture. Samsung Pay was announced in March after Sammy purchased Loop Pay. Because Loop Pay's system works with the magnetic stripe on a credit card instead of requiring NFC, over 10 million stores are able to use the system. Whether Samsung Pay takes some users away from Android Pay remains to be seen.

Later today, we should know a lot more about Android Pay. Make sure you check in all day for our coverage of Google I/O 2015 starting with a liveblog of the Keynote speech.

source: NewYorkTimes



21. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

A rewards program would definitely get me to use Apple Pay more often. I have only used it 4 times over the past 7 months. Using my debit card is just engraved in my mind and I am just so use to pulling out my wallet instead of my phone. With that said, if they can work something out with American Express that can help me accumulate more points then I certainly will start pulling out the phone more. I love using my AMX points on Amazon lol!

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why Android Pay? Couldn't they just update Google Wallet?

6. gaming64 unregistered

IKR. Apple is known for setting trends like the debut of Touch ID, the iPad, GUI in 1984, and more. But this is something too absurd for me to handle.

10. Sauce5 unregistered

Apple Pay came out like a roaring California forrest fire Huge success Samsung bought a company, and called it Samsung "Pay". Now Android saw Apple Pays huge success, and Samsungs attempt. Which lead them to Android "Pay". You know what a trend is?

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I get the trend, but Google already had Google Wallet which was working perfectly well, so it doesn't really make sense that they're coming up with something completely new...

12. Sauce5 unregistered

Guess they want to rebrand and start completely fresh. New UI, different user experience in-app, new name to get noticed (most know about Apple Pay, with "Android Pay" it could be self explanatory / good marketing). No clue. We shall find out soon =)

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I've heard rumors that Android Pay might be an API for payment services, which others can freely use So banks/OEMs can make their own Google Wallet/Apple Pay Apparently so Google can accelerate mobile payments, since they've been having trouble getting banks on board, even after 4 years

22. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I hope they do not use Android Pay. Google Wallet sounds so much better IMO.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Started as Apple Pay and now it's Apple "Pays"...

2. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ohhhh so apple pay wasn't that big of a succes after now they need to use tricks to get people to use it........ god i love Apple

8. Sauce5 unregistered

You must live under a rock

13. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Or am I really? What was the adoption percentage of apple pay? Something very small if I remember. ....

23. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

The success of Apple pay was the model it followed not the usage , it's still in it's infancy cause it lacks wall mart approval and international usage. google wallet didn't use banks so it failed !!! simple as that. other pay services where cumbersome cause they lacked finger print authentication that worked well. Swipe based fingerprints sucked and pay service without bank approval also sucks. google wallet is almost dead. Apple pay is growing OTOH Android pay will probably work with banks lets wait and replace google wallet. Samsung pay if succeeds will be the best though, best of all worlds.

19. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014 Wauw 16% of iphone 6/6plus users have TRIED using apple pay......ZOMG thats a total devastating succes...................................How do you think that will look when samsung pay and android pay come around with their 80% global marketshare????? Now who lives under the rock???

1. gaming64 unregistered

First Google Wallet then they make Android Pay? Samsung even has Samsung Pay. Did Apple just set a trend when they released Apple Pay? What's next? LG Pay? Blackberry Pay?

5. waddup121 unregistered


9. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

Looks like android was born to be thieves. They copied everything from Apple


Dont say things like that fella. Competition is good for everyone. One starts others follow.

16. gaming64 unregistered

Oh great. Another head stitched into the body of a parrot.


Dont hate m8. Spread the love. Love the tech.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

cant start a trend when your not the first to market something, wallet has been around for years and samsung wallet also, i think they are changing names so normal folk that are not smart enough to know the difference will just say pay with whatever os/maker they have. think car auto automobile, all the same thing but to easier for people to say car around the world

24. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

The trend is how Apple pay works , fingerprint authentication, bank approval etc. similar to how samsung is doing it. google wallet didn't use banks so it failed !!! simple as that. Android pay will probably work more like Apple pay.

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