I’m going to propose my theory for the biggest new feature in Android Kit Kat: BUMP PAY.
Here’s my rationale:
- Sep 17: Google removes the NFC requirement for Google Wallet. Ostensibly, this is because the app is shifting purposes to support things like online gift and store cards
- Sep 16: Google purchases Bump, whose apps allow you to bump two phones together to share information
- Oct 24: Screenshots of the Android Kit Kat settings screen show a feature called “Tap & Pay” (http://www.androidguys.com/2013/10/11/fresh-images-confirm-android-4-4s-tap-pay/)
So there you go. Square Cash is great, but can Google bring payments to the next level? Imagine just typing in a payment amount and bumping with the payee if they’re close by – no email entry or use lookup required!
I’m excited to see what comes out!