Groupon updates Android app with improved features

Jeremiah Yap – Fourth Estate Cooperative Writer

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Deal website Groupon has given its Android app a welcomed update. Groupon is popular for offering cheap deals from everything from travel deals to restaurant discounts. Recently, the Chicago-based company has made it known that it aims to challenge electronic payment service Square. Square has been available for download on Android since 2010.

It’s expected that merchants selling through Groupon will “set retailers back a mere $0.15 per transaction, plus 1.8 percent of the charge for Visa, MasterCard and Discover, or three percent for American Express,” according to Engadget.

The Android update now allows retailers to view previous transactions and pump out reports and revenue trends. In the company’s official statement, other updates include:

Hassle-free activation – Service can be used within minutes of enrollment.

Detailed reports – Calculate tips, taxes, total bills, refunds and receipts.

Available 24/7 – A dedicated support team can be reached through phone and email.

Topnotch security – Customer credit card information is encrypted in the latest technology.

“We’re thrilled to bring the powerful features of the Groupon Merchants app and the cost savings and convenience of Groupon Payments to more merchants with smart phones. This app is an effective tool for merchants looking to process payments and track customer growth.” said General Manager of Groupon Payments Gene Alston.

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