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June 17, 2012

Mobile Payments Technology : Qr Codes vs NFC

Whenever near-field communication technology hits the headlines, it is always being compared to QR codes. This was the case when Google replaced QR codes with NFC patches for its Google Places, and also when Google announced that it was going to use NFC for its Wallet service. Recently, Nokia announced that they were more bent on using NFC for their NFC hub, and QR codes were mentioned in numerous reports as being on the way out.

When it comes to features, it seems that NFC can win the battle. Both NFC and QR codes can easily bridge the online and offline world and could take users to different websites, videos and other content. Both are very flexible and could be used for a lot of applications. But unlike QR codes, NFC has fewer chances to fail. You can still use NFC even if you have shaky hands just as long as you hold you device up at less than 2 centimeters from the receiver. You just wave or tap, and you get an effortless way to connect. QR codes could fail if you do not have the right reader, or you do not get a steady shot.

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June 11, 2011

The Digital Wallet Revolution : Who Owns Your Wallet

"the war for your digital wallet"
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Recently Google announced that Google Wallet  that  would enables shoppers to pay for purchases by waving their phones over scanners at retailers' registers.Building a 'digital wallet' will help Google grow its advertising business by collecting even more valuable data about its users, which it can in turn leverage to attract retailers eager to learn more about their customers.

With Google’s digital wallet, some shoppers will be able to use their smartphones as a credit card as well as cash.ust a few days before Google’s announcement, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase also announced a new mobile payments service that allows people to use their checking accounts to send a person money with an email address or cell phone number.

Compete released the results of its Q1 2011 Smartphone Intelligence Survey. One of the noteworthy insights is that mobile banking continues its rise, with over 51% of respondents reporting using their phones for mobile banking, up from 40% in Q3 2010.Around  45% of smartphone owners used their phones to view their bank account status, 20% used their phone to redeem coupons, and 12% used their phone to transfer money to another person and purchase goods at a retail point of sale.

25% of consumers are likely to pay for groceries with their phone instead of a credit or debit card. In addition, approximately 1 out of 5 consumers indicated they’d be likely to pay for clothes, phone charges, and coffee with their phone instead of a card.

Specifically, 58% responded that they preferred to only use their mobile phone for communication (calls, email, or text) while 56% indicated they were concerned with the security of using the phone for payments and 52% were concerned about security if they lost their phon

 Through their " Digital Wallets" Google  can potentially collect real-time information about users' locations, shopping habits, spending patterns and more, then use this to sell ads, coupons, and loyal reward programs to local merchants

"If Google, a company whose core business model is based on advertising revenues, can somehow add real-world purchase information to its collection of online behavioral data, it could allow them to drive even more advertising revenues," explained Forrester analyst Thomas Husson.

The Digital wallet  is a big and lucrative " Business Model"  for Google" as they can drive "  Numbers" by virtue of  owning more than 80% of world wide search users.By tracking  where people shop and what they buy, Google could take its lucrative online advertising business, where promotions appear on a screen next to search results and build a second advertising business that links ads with offline activities. These offers and promotions would be based not on search queries, but on more tangible data, such as how much a customer tends to spend.