Square announced this week the launch of its Square Reader SDK, which is described as a complete toolkit that enables developers to reimagine the checkout experience for both sellers and buyers.
The fintech firm reported that Square Reader SDK is a set of developer tools for building custom, in-person checkout experiences. Square noted that for the first time, iOS and Android developers can build unique checkout or point-of-sale applications like self-ordering kiosks, mobile points of sale, in-store line-busting apps, and more on top of Square’s hardware and payments ecosystem. It was revealed:
“These customized solutions enable developers to work with existing Square merchants in popular industries such as retail and restaurants as well as new sellers in verticals not traditionally supported by Square, like transportation and health care. Ultimately, developers will use this SDK to help new types of businesses take payments with Square for the first time, help grow sales for existing sellers, and build more powerful and compelling experiences for both buyers and sellers.”
The SDK toolkit also provides secure payments through taps, dips, and swipes by enabling developers to integrate their application with Square’s hardware. Square also revealed nearly a dozen sellers and developers in a range of industries have already built and deployed applications that are running the SDK at scale during the company’s early access program, which includes Shake Shack, Joe and the Juice, QuiqMeds, and Infinite Peripherals. Square went on to add:
“We’re excited to continue expanding the Square Developer platform with Reader SDK. Since we launched the developer platform two years ago, a thriving developer community is now building incredible new experiences with Square every day. With dozens of APIs that enable developers to integrate Square with their online store, mobile app, or third-party software and more than 100 partnerships, we can’t wait to see what the Reader SDK will help developers dream up next.”