Payments made via mobile devices surge to about 20% of all transactions, processor says

Apple iPads and iPhones were the most used devices for mobile payments

Payments made with mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets rose 55 per cent over last year, reaching a total of 19.5 per cent of all transactions processed worldwide in December by Amsterdam's Adyen.

Apple iPads and iPhones were the most used devices for mobile payments, according to Adyen's tally, with the iPad accounting for 41 per cent of mobile transactions during the busy September to December holiday shopping period. The Apple iPhone took the second spot with 31.6 per cent of mobile-payment transactions, while Android smartphones stood at 20 per cent and Android tablets at just 6.6 per cent. Microsoft Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices each accounted for less than 1 per cent.

In terms of smartphones used for mobile payments, "Android looks to be steadily closing the gap on the iPhone's lead," Adyen stated. The outfit saw iPhone's share drop from 68.5 per cent in April 2013 to 60 per cent in December, while Android devices rose from 30.7per cent to 38.6 V. Adyen said that shift appears to be due to the increasing numbers of Android devices, particularly those from Samsung.

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This trend in payments made via smartphones and tablets will influence how merchants design payment pages, Adyen points out, adding it's worth noting that tablets are the preferred mobile device among shoppers now for more high-transaction purchases.Adyen processes over 250 payment methods, including Visa, MasterCard and American Express, and 187 currencies on six continents, for a total of about $US14 billion in payments, and its customers include Groupon, Mango, KLM, CityJet and Vodafone.

Adyens' analysis covered industries that include travel, retail, ticketing, gaming, and digital goods. In retail, individuals are said to be spending more on average through payments made on tablets than PCs. Roelant Prins, chief commerce officer at Adyen, said it's vital for merchants to keep up with the evolution of mobile devices and consumer behavior  and use this knowledge strategically in their planning.

Ellen Messmer is senior editor at Network World, an IDG website, where she covers news and technology trends related to information security. Twitter: MessmerE. E-mail: emessmer@nww.com

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