A story Wednesday on Fast Company, GigaOm, and several other sites revealed VeriFone launced an Android-compatible version of its mobile payment acceptance application, Sail. The move is meant to take advantage of the wider prevelance of Android-enabled devices, which number more than iPhones in circulation when devices from all Android manufacturers are combined. The news comes only a month after the initial launch announcement for Sail. Fast Company also references comments from VeriFone’s vice president of SMB Commerce, Brian Hamilton:
[Hamilton] noted that it was very much in reaction to customer queries–Android-owning small and medium business owners really do seem to want to get in on the new mobile payments opportunity. He also confirmed that VeriFone is taking Sail seriously, and that it has also taken queries from “first tier” hardware/software manufacturers interested in the technology inside Sail (note that earlier VeriFone intimations pointed in the direction of NFC and smartphone makers).
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