There's no doubt that the mobile payments trend has staying power, but there remains plenty of uncertainty around what the ecosystem will look like years down the road. After all, the competitors in the space are many, with each looking to capture the loyalty of consumers and merchants within their respective platforms. Last week, mobile payments player Square made big splash, announcing a deal with Starbucks that will see the former's technology deeply integrated into the coffee retailer's 7,000 U.S. stores. It's a big win for a company going up against a number of deep-pocketed competitors, and lends credence to the fact that mobile payments are a trend worth major attention. In the following video, analysts Brenton Flynn and Austin Smith discuss the announcement in more detail, and check out a few other companies looking to capitalize on the trend.

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