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Card reader solution for Android

Integrate your POS app with the Adyen Android SDK to make mobile payments using a card reader.

The card reader solution for Android is a work in progress.

Get in touch with your Adyen contact if you are interested in participating in a pilot.

With our card reader solution you can accept mobile in-person payments using a card reader as the payment interface, and process these payments on the Adyen payments platform.

The card reader is paired with an Android mobile device through Bluetooth. On the Android mobile device, payment requests are initiated from a POS app. On the card reader, the customer can tap, insert, or swipe their card, or use a digital wallet like Apple Pay.

For this solution you need to integrate the Adyen Android SDK into your Android POS app.

Before you start

  • Make sure your Android POS app is integrated with our Terminal API.

    Integrating your POS app with Terminal API is described in other sections of our documentation.
    Here, we describe how to integrate your POS app with our SDK to make transactions using a card reader.

  • Order a test NYC1 card reader and a test card, and assign the reader to your store.
  • Note the requirements for end users:
    • The POS app (with the SDK integrated into it) installed on their mobile device (smartphone or tablet).
    • Android version 10 on their mobile device.
    • An NYC1 card reader from Adyen.

How it works

This is how the solution's components work together, after your mobile device and the card reader have been paired:

  1. Your POS app creates a Terminal API payment request, or receives a Terminal API payment request from your backend.
  2. The POS app passes the payment request to the Adyen Android SDK.
  3. The Adyen Android SDK initiates the card reader to take the transaction.
  4. The customer completes the payment by tapping their card or mobile device on the card reader, or by inserting or swiping their card.
  5. The Adyen Android SDK passes the Terminal API payment response to the POS app.

Steps to build the solution

To set up the card reader solution:

  1. Add the SDK to your Android POS app.
  2. Add code to make payments from your POS app using the Adyen SDK.
  3. Add payment device management.
  4. Learn how to use the card reader.