PayPal use growing faster than Apple and Google Pay, Microsoft Plans Automated Store

Mobile payment apps are still a tough sell to America’s consumers and merchants, Kount’s data indicates. The company that can change that paradigm will make a fortune.

That means more two thirds of American retailers or 71% still refuse to accept mobile wallets. Once again it sounds as if Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is losing the payment wars, and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) is not doing very well.

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Starbucks is the most Popular Payment App in America

Mobile payment use in the United States is a growing at a rate of 14.5% a year and it should reach 55 million by the end of 2018, eMarketer estimated. Around 25% or in four American smartphone users will make a mobile payment sometime this year.

Those numbers are big but they are nothing compared to China where Ant Financial’s Alipay has 520 million users, and Tencent Holdings’ WeChat has one billion active users, Bloomberg reported. Those people spent $2.9 trillion in the two ecosystems in 2016.

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Google Pay ads Airline and Transit Passes

The payment wars will only end when central banks like the U.S. Federal Reserve, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC; the Bank of Canada, the Reserve Bank of India, the European Central Bank, and the Bank of England step in and take control of the payment system. That will be a repeat of what happened with paper money, which was originally printed by private banks but eventually taken over by Central Banks.

My prediction is lesser solutions like Microsoft Pay and Stripe will eventually be rolled into a larger payment solution. Eventually, there may just be one payment app; which will probably be managed by the Federal Reserve, or an international agency of some sort.

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Apple Pay Cash goes International or Does it?

It is not clear what countries Apple Pay Cash will go to next, but the United Kingdom is a likely possibility – because it is right next door to Ireland.
Members of the European Union such as France, Italy, and Germany, are also a strong possibility because Ireland and Spain are both members of the Eurozone.

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