Next Android Operating System to Support Enhancements to HCE

The next major Android upgrade, code-named Android L, includes changes to the way host-card emulation handles default applications for payment, according to a developer preview.

The new operating system will also enable developers to register application IDs, or AIDs–which tell Android which HCE app to talk to when a phone is tapped on a reader–later in the development process, addressing complaints from developers, according to Google. And a Google representative this past week also said the Web giant has opened HCE to “more use cases” or types of applications, mentioning transit ticketing, identity and building access. He offered few details, however. 

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  • Enhancements discussed by Google in HCE in planned Android upgrade
  • Temporary default payment apps for HCE
  • Recommendation in Visa’s HCE Specs for setting of default applications
  • Routing issues for secure elements on KitKat phones: SIMalliance’s argument
  • Google: Opening up use cases for HCE, including transit apps, though no mention of Mifare

    Among companies and organizations mentioned:

Google
Visa
MasterCard Worldwide
SIMalliance
NXP Semiconductors
Sony 

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