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Square is a popular mobile payments service that lets businesses use devices like the iPad to process credit and debit card payments easily and securely. iPad-powered Square Registers are now common at places like coffee shops across the United States and if a new report is to be believed then Square apparently wants to take the iPad out of this equation. Square is reportedly working on its own Android tablet which would replace Square Registers that require the iPad to function.

The Information reports that Square is developing its own tablet, based on Android, so that iPad-powered Square Registers can be replaced. Square might be developing this as a contingency should Apple decide to cease support for Registers in order to push people to use Apple Pay.

Late last year Apple announced its new payments service called Apple Pay. Adoption has been fairly swift since then and this has sent ripples through the industry. Samsung is now said to be working on an Apple Pay competitor of its own and even Google is reported to be developing a new payment system.

However this particular report claims that Square’s plans for its own Android tablet are currently in early stages so the possibility exists that the company might not go ahead.

It is not exactly easy to develop new hardware and besides, Square will have to convince its users to give up what they already have and go for its tablet, a process that would cost both time and money.

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