Google acquires technology and IP from Softcard, will terminate Windows Phone app

Google acquires technology and IP from Softcard, will terminate Windows Phone app
Back in January, we told you about a rumor that Google was going to purchase Softcard. The latter is a mobile payment service owned jointly by Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. Originally named ISIS, the named was changed for reasons obvious to anyone who reads the news. Earlier this week, Google partially made the rumor true by purchasing technology and intellectual property from Softcard.

Google says that for now, the Softcard app for Android will work, and users can continue to tap and pay at over 275,000 locations in the states. Google is suggesting that Softcard users download Google Wallet. Eventually, it plans to shut down the Softcard app and terminate Softcard wallets. It should be noted that Softcard users cannot just switch over to Google Wallet. Personal information from Softcard users is not part of the transaction between the mobile payment service and Google. Once your Softcard wallet is terminated, loyalty cards cannot be used.

Google also announced in a Q&A that it is shutting down the Softcard Windows Phone app. A date will soon be provided by Google as to when the app will be closed. Earlier today, we told you that Google is expected to introduce Android Pay at Google I/O. This is an API for developers who want to add a mobile payments option to their handiwork and will be separate from Google Wallet.

source: Softcard via WindowsCentral



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I think they'll terminate it on other platforms, but I'm not sure.

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Google: Do no evil....

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The top 3 tech companies are all evil. Google is as evil as 90s MS and 2000s Apple. But you're right, let's not get evil.

15. engineer-1701d unregistered

i think google has seen how blind the average phone users are to tech and said well if we change the name to google pay when people see apple pay and google pay they will think they are the same its education for common small minded people

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Please tell me what's morally objectionable about this.

31. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Bad Google, that's a dirty move.

64. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Agreed. Pretty dick move of their part. I can understand keeping some things to yourself to make your products stand out or even having some exclusives, but they're taking it kinda far. I don't know if the animosity between these two is because of things like the Scroogled campaign or the lawsuits between Android OEMS and MS, but they really need to work this out. I mean it's a payment system for Pete's sake, why have an exclusive on something like that? How does it benefit anyone other than Google trying to stick it to MS and their WP users? While it's within their rights to do so, it's still a dick move.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Usually I defend Google when I see this posted...but not this time. Even tho Skype isnt updated anymore on older OS versions...its still available for Android users. Whats odd tho is that Skype was terminated by MS....on Windows phone platform for old OS versions. I dont get this move. Unless its strictly a security thing and they think their resources shouldnt be used for Windows phone. As in let Windows phone users use a mobile payment system, service, app thats going to updated more vs what they would do with this on that platform. Whatever the case...odd move. Although....there is I think folks at Google really were pissed about that.

63. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Before Scroogled ; Google: Do no evil.... After Scroogled ; Google: Fight evil with evil....

84. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It was well before scroogled. Before scroogled MS even went to court with others over how Google blocking open apis that they said were open. And other various things.

96. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

No one believes you

98. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

MS also took every Android OEM to court before that, which resulted in an anywhere from $5-$15 royalty fee on those OEMS that settled with MS. The IP that MS was suing over was in the core of Android, but rather than go after Google itself who provided the infringing ip, MS went after their hardware partners, which caused some ill will between them and Google, which couldn't have made Google very happy. Had they gone after Google themselves, they would've had to pay, but it wouldn't have hurt their relations with their hardware partners.

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Considering Wallet only works on KitKat and above, there's going to be more pissed off Android users than Windows Phone users. Lots of Jelly Bean, and under, devices still out there.

16. engineer-1701d unregistered

not true google wallet works with and nfc android phone when my gs3 had jelly bean on it i was still using wallet and with kitkat also.

51. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Straight from Google: NFC devices Tap and pay functionality is available in the US, and requires an NFC-enabled Android device running 4.4 (KitKat) or higher on any carrier network. Not all devices running KitKat will support tap and pay. Here is a list of devices running KitKat that cannot be used for tap and pay: Evo 4G LTE Nexus 7 (2012) Samsung Galaxy Note III Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung Galaxy Light At this time, tap and pay functionality is only supported on US-based devices. For example, a Samsung Galaxy Note II that uses an international SIM card will not work with Google Wallet tap and pay. Go argue with them.

62. av911 unregistered

You're referring to "Tap and pay" function, that requires Kit Kat and above. I remember using Google Wallet with my Galaxy Nexus, 4.2. Straight from Google: The Google Wallet app is available to US users on devices that meet the following system requirements: Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher. iOS 6 or higher.

70. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3188; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What is this article about? Hint: tap and pay. Thanks for playing.

73. av911 unregistered

Here's what you said: "Wallet only works on KitKat and above". Wrong!!!!!!!!!! Your move!

5. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Who uses soft card ? Never heard of this service.. And who uses google wallet? Never seen anyone using it.

6. HASHTAG unregistered

Don't see people using Apple Pay either.

9. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I only see iPhones with crushed screens, must be sold like that right?

11. TerryTerius unregistered

I have a question of my own. Given that your intention is only to mock and rile up Android users, and you don't care for an actual debate... What's the point in even asking the question? If your mission in life is to target and insult whoever has the audacity to use a different smartphone/OS than you (an issue that is pretty much irrelevant in the real world to anyone but employees/CEO's of phone manufacturers), what exactly does that achieve? You know that you're not going to sway Android users to iOS, and you already are secure in your feelings of Apple's superiority in your eyes. So what exactly is the point of all this? Is annoying total strangers for the crime of having different preferences than you really all that you have to contribute? if you're attempting to fight fanboyism with fanboyism, that is akin to attempting to put out a forest fire with a match. Absolutely pointless would be one thing if you actually wanted to debate the merits of the platform, but all you seem to really want to do is brag about Apple. Maybe I'm just crazy for not seeing the value in that.

66. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Great post Terry. This applies to him and numerous other posters on this site. Users of both platforms. It's very hard to get a decent conversation about anything here without someone coming along and ruining it.

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

soft card was an attempt to get in on the mobile pay service after google wallet came out it never took and no phone stores talked about it, no ads on tv or radio, google wallet i use all the time rarely ever see people using it when i am, apple pay i have never seen apple pay being used only on youtube at wholefoods when it was released by the verge.

24. jesusnexo unregistered

I use google wallet at mcdonalds, they have a sign that says it accepts, google wallet, apple pay and softcard. I had to google what the last one was, I though it was Microsoft exclusive alternative to google wallet, but I guess it was independent [micro]soft card

71. ph00ny

Posts: 2076; Member since: May 26, 2011

Well google wallet really couldn't take off when three major carrier (at&t, vzw, and tmo) decided to form their own joint venture into mobile payment and barred google wallet's tap and pay function I've used tap and pay when i was on sprint but not so much at&t


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

Look at what Apple done, they did not invent this idea but the fact that Apple Pay is around, competition gets in a frenzy stuff happens to not be of mass society importance until apple does it example: Fingerprint scanner Apple Watch iTunes i think the only thing they did not get everybody in the world on board is Apple Maps but it made all Map ocompany's get their ish together for sure to make sure Apple doesn't have another chance/opportunity just my opinion though

10. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Apple releases products when they are ready, that's why they are so good and people love them. The Apple watch was a 3 year project, apple could have released it much earlier but the device wouldn't have been ready.. Apple pay is not the first nfc payment method but is the most widespread, and Apple waited long enough until they had the power to make deals with banks and to integrate the fingerprint scanner with the apple pay so the service would have been easy to use.. Apple stuff become of mass importance because they work..and people enjoy using them.


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

indeed! I'm well aware and agree. They wait until the time is right and they feel it's at it's best state with the best technology and resources involved to provide the experience intended. some rush to the market just to say they're first and try to put the publics mind in a "they copied this and that" mentallity

19. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Another example is Google Glass.. What was the point of that? The device wasn't ready..and it failed The same applies for the iPhone, Apple waited until touch controls were available and refused to make a smartphone with a pen and plastic keyboard, they also made sure it was gonna be nice and smooth.

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