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Amazon to allow shoppers to take a selfie to make mobile payments

Amazing files new patent application for facial recognition technology service

Amazon is making another move in the mobile payments space. The e-commerce company has filed a patent application for technology that will allow mobile shoppers to authenticate transactions using a photo or video of themselves. This would replace passwords, which have long been a staple in mobile transactions. Amazon believes that using facial recognition technology will make mobile commerce more secure, thereby making consumers more comfortable with the concept of using their mobile devices to make purchases.

MasterCard is also launching a service leveraging facial recognition technology

Using facial recognition technology to authenticate mobile payments is not a new idea. MasterCard is rolling out a similar system in the coming months. The service will be initially launched in the United States and several countries throughout Europe. If successful, it may be expanded into new markets. MasterCard’s service requires users to blink into the camera of their mobile device before a transaction is completed.

Biometric technology may make mobile commerce more secure

Mobile Payments - SelfieBiometric technology is becoming very important for the mobile commerce space. This technology leverages biological information, such as a fingerprint, to authenticate a payment. Companies involved in the mobile commerce space are beginning to use this technology to make mobile transactions more secure. Using facial recognition technology is meant to have the same effect, as this technology can and has been used to make mobile devices more secure than they are currently.

Digital risks are becoming more apparent in the mobile commerce market, but companies are fighting back

The mobile payments field is growing quickly, but security remains one of the biggest concerns that consumers have. Mobile commerce deals in the transmission of financial information, and this information is very attractive to malicious groups. As such, they are targeting the mobile commerce space for personal gain. Companies like Amazon, however, are beginning to use new technology to fight against digital threats. This technology may help make the mobile commerce sector more secure and ensure that consumers use their mobile devices to make purchases in the future.

Consumers are more comfortable with their cards than with mobile payments

Google, Samsung, and Apple may have trouble engaging consumers in various markets

Google, Samsung, and Apple have all entered into the competitive mobile payments field and are looking to compete with one another for the favor of consumers. These companies may be facing an uphill battle, however, as the majority of consumers are more comfortable using traditional payment cards than they are using mobile wallets. A new report from Juniper Research shows that the number of people involved in the mobile commerce space is growing, but consumers are still more willing to use their credit and debit cards.

Report predicts that 148 million people will be using mobile wallets by end of year

According to the report from Juniper Research, 148 million people throughout the world will be using their mobile devices to make a purchase in a physical store by the end of 2016. An estimated one in five point-of-sale systems in the United States now support NFC technology, which forms the backbone of mobile payments. The report also shows that there is a major uptick in the number of cards registered to mobile payment systems when they launch in new markets. When Apple Pay launched in China, some 40 million new cards were added to the service in just 24 hours.

Registering cards with mobile wallets does not translate into using new payment devices

Mobile Payments - Credit CardsConsumers registering their cards with mobile payments services does not mean they are actually using mobile wallets, however. The report from Juniper Research shows that just 22 million consumers in the United States have decided to transition away from traditional wallets to their mobile counterparts. Even with the availability of services that can be used with any point-of-sale system, consumers are still more comfortable with traditional forms of commerce.

Europe may be the most attractive market for mobile commerce

Companies participating in mobile commerce are becoming more focused on Europe, where payment cards have become more secure and NFC technology is already quite popular. Europe may serve as the tipping point for the mobile payments space, as consumers in this region are feeling more comfortable with paying for products with their mobile devices.