Mozilla announces new web payment mechanism to debut on Firefox OS


Mozilla is working on a new JavaScript API, first appearing in the Firefox OS, that will make it easy for people to pay for digital goods and services on the web, either using a credit card, or by adding the purchase to their monthly carrier bills. According to a blog post from Firefox OS engineer Kumar McMillan, navigator.mozPay() is based on Google Wallet’s API, but modified for multiple payment providers and, importantly, carrier billing. When a web app invokes the API, a “secure window with a concise UI” pops up on your phone, you authenticate with a password, and your payment gets processed.

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