Square, mobile payment company based in San Francisco, California, has launched its new Square In-App Payments Software Development Kit (SDK), which makes it easier for developers to charge customers and extends the company’s payment processing capabilities to mobile apps.
— Square Developer (@SquareDev) January 9, 2019
The Square In-App Payments SDK allows developers to take payments from users using just a few lines of code. It supports traditional credit and debit cards, as well as both Google Pay and Apple Pay. According to the announcement, developers can also use the SDK to securely save payment card information of customers for further transactions.
Square Chief Product Officer, Adam Robinson, said:
“With this SDK, Square took care of a lot of the heavy lifting of storing card information, processing transactions and more. Using Square for payments alongside sending pickup orders for fulfillment into Square’s Point of Sale, reduces complexity and means that Pepper can implement apps quicker, with less fuss for merchants.”
The SDK makes Square the only omnichannel platform with first-party products that provide an end-to-end payments experience across in-person, web, and mobile app transactions. Using one platform for payments, both developers and sellers minimize the complexity, security, and compliance of managing payments across channels.
Developer Lead at Square, Carl Perry, commented on the initiative:
“With the introduction of in-app mobile payments to the Square platform, developers now have a complete, omnichannel payments solution for all their payment needs. From software to hardware to services, Square offers a complete payments experience all in one cohesive open platform. Even better, developers and sellers can manage all their payments across in-store, mobile and online all in one place.”
The new In-App Payments SDK has already been beta-tested by a particular group of customers. Among them is PepperHQ, a London-based company that develops apps for the hospitality sector.
Adam Robinson, Chief Product Officer at PepperHQ, said:
“With this SDK, Square took care of a lot of the heavy lifting of storing card information, processing transactions and more. Using Square for payments alongside sending pickup orders for fulfilment into Square’s Point of Sale, reduces complexity and means that Pepper can implement apps quicker, with less fuss for merchants.”
“The Square In-App Payments SDK is a slicker implementation than other options in the market and felt frictionless from the beginning. We were able to customize the look and feel of the flow so that it looks the way our clients want but still feels native to the app so its trustworthy and honest.”
The service is currently available for iOS, Android, and Flutter in the United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and Japan.
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