While the QR code powered payment systems are getting popular in most parts of the world, China is quickly advancing towards the facial-recognition payment system.

Hailed as a frictionless mode of payment, it aims to bring mobile payment system to the less-tech savvy population who found using QR codes, tricky. Alibaba-backed Alipay is leading the facial recognition payment system and has introduced the new payment system in over 300 cities. Tencent-backed Wechat Pay is also not far behind.

Last year both AliPay and WeChat Pay jointly accounted for over 90% of mobile payments in a tech-enabled Chinese population.


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