Slideshow 11 Big Developments from Mobile World Congress

  • March 01 2014, 2:14pm EST
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Payments played a major role in the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Here are some of the biggest announcements that came out during the conference, and a few from just before or afterwards that were no less important to the mobile payments community. (Image: Bloomberg News)

Visa, MasterCard and NFC

The big card brands got behind Host Card Emulation, a technology that enables wireless Near Field Communication payments without being burdened by NFC's traditional hardware restrictions. (Image: Bloomberg News)

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Isis' Hybrid Approach

Isis, the U.S. telco-led mobile wallet initiative, says it is receptive to Host Card Emulation, but not for payments. Isis still favors using the phone's secure element to store payment credentials, but it sees HCE as a way to enable the storage of hundreds of loyalty cards.

PayPal and Samsung

PayPal is planning several apps that take advantage of Samsung's growing range of mobile devices. PayPal plans to have a payment app available for the new Gear smartwatch (pictured) when it launches in April, and the payments company also plans to support fingerprint authentication on the upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone. (Image: Bloomberg News)

MasterCard and Germany

MasterCard is launching a mobile wallet initiative with Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica Deutschland and Vodafone. The companies will use the payment processor Trevica, a MasterCard unit, as a common touchpoint for card issuers. (Image: Bloomberg News)

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MasterPass Adds Features

MasterCard's digital wallet, MasterPass, received an upgrade that allows it to handle purchases made within mobile applications.

Google Glass Gets a Nod

Eaze, a Dutch company, unveiled a "Nod to Pay" app for Google Glass headsets. The app lets Glass owners set up a bitcoin transaction by scanning a QR code with the headset's built-in camera. Users then nod twice to approve the payment. (Image: Bloomberg News)

Accenture's Analytical Wallet

Accenture announced a mobile wallet that blends payments with analytics. Using real-time data such as a consumer's location, the wallet can push customized offers to each shopper. (Image: ShutterStock)

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PIN Comes to Mobile Point of Sale

Ingenico's Roam is offering a Chip and PIN card reader to U.S. merchants, allowing them to accept PIN payments from EMV and magnetic-stripe cards. Currently, most mobile card readers in the U.S. support only signature payments. (Image: ShutterStock)

HP's Tablet for Payments

HP unveiled the TX1 POS, a tablet-based point of sale system that runs Windows 8.1. The tablet is meant to be used in a stand rather than on the go. (Image: Bloomberg News)

MasterCard Buys C-Sam

MasterCard already owned a minority stake in the mobile wallet developer C-Sam, and now it has entered an agreement to buy the entire firm. The companies collaborated on projects such as a white-label mobile wallet that debuted last year in Japan. (Image: ThinkStock)

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Syniverse Adds Security

Syniverse is working with MasterCard to use the location of a cardholder's mobile phone to assess risk for transactions around the world. (Image: ShutterStock)