PayPal challenges Google Wallet with the Android widget and the "Gingerbread"-based Samsung Nexus smartphones to enable person-to-person mobile payments.
its plans for mobile payments by using two Samsung Nexus S phones to let users
exchange money, a solution the company promised will be released later this
(NASDAQ:EBAY) payments unit has written an Android widget that lets people pay
and get paid by tapping together two Samsung Nexus S phones running Google's
Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" operating system. This is done via NFC (near
field communication) wireless technology, which Gingerbread and the Nexus S
mobile payment plan comes to light more than a month after Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG) unveiled its Google Wallet mobile payment service
Wallet, set to
launch in New York and San Francisco, lets Samsung Nexus S 4G users make mobile
payments by tapping and paying for goods from their phones at select retailers
that use NFC-enabled sales terminals.
Chambers, senior director for PayPal Mobile, showed
off how PayPal mobile payments work with a colleague in this video
Users who wish
to make payments or send a request for money may tap the Android widget on the
Nexus S. Two users tap their Nexus S handsets together long enough for the
phones to buzz, generally a few seconds. When the person who is being solicited
for payment punches in their pin, the money is transferred.
and NFC-based solution is just a start, according to Chambers, who said this
"is just one of the many ways we're using different technologies, on
different devices, to change the way people pay and get paid."
comes just weeks after Chambers
is logging up to $10 million in mobile payments a day and
now projects $3 billion in mobile-payment transactions for the year.
payments are growing at a rate we never could have imagined when we started
processing them back in 2006," Chambers said. "We first predicted
$1.5 billion in 2011 mobile-payments volume. At our analyst day in February, we
upped that to $2 billion, and just a few months later, we have now added
another billion to that number."
Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said he expects that a third of checkout
terminals in retail stores and restaurants will be upgraded to allow NFC mobile
payments from mobile phones within the next year.
payments the way Google and PayPal intend them to work are hamstrung by the
lack of broad NFC availability.
only the Samsung Nexus S and 4G handsets support the technology, severely
limiting the potential for mass distribution of mobile payments. Moreover, it
isn't clear consumers will trust substituting their wallets for phones.
PayPal have more than a competitive tie on NFC-based mobile payments. PayPal
is currently suing Google's Wallet
product managers Osama Bedir and
Stephanie Tilenius for allegedly stealing trade secrets from when they worked
at PayPal and using them to fashion Wallet for Google.