MasterCard has released a toolkit to help developers build Android and BlackBerry apps using its PayPass contactless technology
The free to license, globally available user interface software development kit (UI SDK) is aimed at issuers, mobile network operators and third party developers seeking to build contactless payments-related apps.
Although MasterCard has already approved over 70 handset models as PayPass compatible, until now highly-specialised skills were required to develop applications that could interface with the NFC capabilities.
The payments giant hopes that it can kick-start development with its new programmer-friendly set of functions designed to make it easier to quickly build payment apps.
The toolkit includes API code libraries; API specification documentation; a developer guide; sample UI app code; a white label reference UI application so financial institutions can embed contactless within their own branded app; and a test suite to ensure compliance.
Mung Ki Woo, group executive, mobile, MasterCard, says "we saw an opportunity to simultaneously help our partners and improve the overall user experience. Our first-ever UI SDK provides smart tools and makes it easier for our partners to issue a complete contactless payment solution on mobile."