# Building your first POS App

# Getting Started

  1. Create an Android studio project with target SDK 19.
  2. Add Poynt SDK to your app

# Onboarding and Authentication

# Onboarding a Merchant

# Sign-up from Website

In case you have a web component in your application or if you would like to sign up the merchant on your website then using Poynt Merchant login URL makes the flow streamlined.

Sign-up with poynt (opens new window)

The response url looks something like this

  • businessId(Deprecated) : The business ID that was authorized
  • code : Encoded JWT with info
  • status : success or fail

The code is an Encoded JWT, decoding it gives you

  "iss": "https://poynt.net",
  "iat": 1546627192,
  "exp": 1546628092,
  "sub": "urn:aid:f6a97531-d772-40a8-916e-4503bf188043",
  "poynt.biz": "e3038712-3a08-4a85-859e-c8e0c4b4509d",
  "poynt.uid": 34415083
  • sub : The appId that is authorized(in case you have mutiple apps this can come in handy)
  • poynt.biz : The business ID that was authorized
  • poynt.uid : Poynt user that performed authentication

# How to get business info after log-in?

# Sign-up on Terminal

If you choose to sign-up the merchant on the terminal, cheer the merchant by pre-filling the infromation that you can obtain from Poynt Business Service

# Authentication

# Fetch the current logged in user



    private IPoyntSessionServiceListener listener = new IPoyntSessionServiceListener.Stub() {
        public void onResponse(Account account, PoyntError poyntError) throws RemoteException {
            Log.d(TAG, account.name);

# Prompt for login

    private View.OnClickListener loginClickListener = new View.OnClickListener() {
        public void onClick(View view) {
            Log.d(TAG, "Login clicked");
                    Constants.Accounts.POYNT_AUTH_TOKEN, null, IntroActivity.this,
                    new OnUserLoginAttempt() , null);
    public class OnUserLoginAttempt implements AccountManagerCallback<Bundle>{
        public void run(AccountManagerFuture<Bundle> accountManagerFuture) {
            try {
                Bundle bundle = accountManagerFuture.getResult();
                String user = (String) bundle.get(AccountManager.KEY_ACCOUNT_NAME);
                String authToken = (String) bundle.get(AccountManager.KEY_AUTHTOKEN);
                if (authToken != null) {
                    Toast.makeText(IntroActivity.this, user + " successfully logged in", Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show();
                    Intent loginIntent = new Intent(IntroActivity.this, MainActivity.class);
                } else {
                    Toast.makeText(IntroActivity.this, "Login failed", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            } catch (OperationCanceledException e) {
                Toast.makeText(IntroActivity.this, "Login cancelled", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();
            } catch (IOException | AuthenticatorException e) {

# Taking Payments

Poynt Payment Fragment provides a secure and consistent payment experience for merchants and consumers across all applications running on Poynt Smart Terminals. Payment Fragments securely process payment transactions at the Poynt OS level, so your apps do not need to worry about handling the variety of payment methods, the payment process and compliance (e.g. PCI).

Making payments

All apps on Poynt terminals need to use payment fragment for all transactions including cash.

# Simple payment

Receiving a payment can be as simple as creating a payment object and starting the intent to launch payment fragment. Once the payment is complete you get the result on onActivityResult.

    Payment payment = new Payment();

    // start Payment activity for result
    try {
        Intent collectPaymentIntent = new Intent(Intents.ACTION_COLLECT_PAYMENT);
        collectPaymentIntent.putExtra(Intents.INTENT_EXTRAS_PAYMENT, payment);
        startActivityForResult(collectPaymentIntent, COLLECT_PAYMENT_REQUEST);
    } catch (ActivityNotFoundException ex) {
        Log.e(TAG, "Poynt payment activity not found - did you install PoyntServices?", ex);

Payment result contains the transaction information, there might be more than once transaction for the same payment.

    protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
        super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);
        if (requestCode == COLLECT_PAYMENT_REQUEST){
            if (resultCode == Activity.RESULT_OK){
                final Payment payment = data.getParcelableExtra(Intents.INTENT_EXTRAS_PAYMENT);
                Log.d(TAG, "Received onPaymentAction from PaymentFragment w/ Status("
                        + payment.getStatus() + ")");
                // We just need to look at the payment status, the rest of the information is in the transaction object
                switch (payment.getStatus()) {
                    case COMPLETED:
                        if (payment.getTransactions() != null &&  payment.getTransactions().size() > 0) {
                            // Payment object has a list of transactions 
                    case CANCELED:
                            // Payment was cancelled
            } else if(resultCode == Activity.RESULT_CANCELED){
                // Payment was cancelled by the user

# Customizing the payment

The payment can be customized according to the requirements. Let's say you would like to pre-set the Tip or accept payment with debit cards only, then these can be done by setting additional parameters available on payment object.

# Disable payment options
  • disableDebit (boolean) - disables debit card option
  • disableCheck (boolean) - disables check option
  • disableOther (boolean) - disables “other” option (Gift cards or - custom payment providers)
  • disableManual (boolean) - disables manual entry
  • disableEMVCT (boolean) - disables EMV (chip card) payment
  • disableEMVCL (boolean) - disables contactless payments
  • disableMSR (boolean) - disables payments with magstripe cards
  • disableCash (boolean) - disables cash option
# Restict to a certain funding source
  • cashOnly (boolean) - launches Payment Fragment directly into the cash flow
  • debitOnly (boolean) - only allow debit card payment
  • creditOnly (boolean) - only allow payment by credit
  • manualEntry (boolean) - launch Payment Fragment into manual card entry flow
# Skip screens in the payment flow
  • disableTip (boolean) - disables tip if the merchant account is configured to present tip screen.
  • skipReceiptScreen (boolean) - do not show the receipt screen
  • skipSignatureScreen (boolean) - do not show signature screen
  • skipPaymentConfirmationScreen (boolean) - Displays processing screen as opposed to Thank you screen after a payment is complete.
# Additional options
  • readCardDataOnly (boolean) - do not process transaction just return some information about the card (e.g. last 4, first 6, name)
  • offlineAuth (boolean) - process offline transaction. Can be used if there is no network connectivity. Merchant will be prompted to provide an approval code they obtained from the issuing bank.
  • offlineApprovalCode (String) - optionally the approval code can be passed in the request to launch Payment Fragment.
  • disablePaymentOptions (boolean) - hide the “Summary”, “Notes” and “Receipt” options from the Payment Fragment.
  • disableChangeAmount (boolean) - if the payment fragment is invoked to perform refund or capture, setting this flag to “true” will not allow the merchant to edit the amount, i.e. no partial capture or partial refund.
  • notes (String) - custom notes which will be added to the transaction

# Transaction references

  • setReferences (List<TransactionReference> references) - Pass custom references that will be applied to transactions

# Catalog & Inventory

Poynt OS has support for catalog and inventory out of the box. Poynt product service (opens new window) provides a way to access the catalog from the terminal.

# Fetching catalog

Product service provides multiple ways of accesing the catalog. You could either get all products alone or get the complete catalog with the categories and metadata. The following code shows fetching the entire catalog from the local content provider or from the cloud.

try {
    // Limit the use of this method since it fetches from the cloud, it is data intensive
    // productService.getRegisterCatalogWithProductsFromCloud(catalogWithProductListener);
} catch (RemoteException e) {

private IPoyntProductCatalogWithProductListener catalogWithProductListener = new IPoyntProductCatalogWithProductListener.Stub() {
    public void onResponse(CatalogWithProduct catalogWithProduct, PoyntError poyntError) throws RemoteException {
        if (poyntError == null) {
            try {
                // CatalogWithProduct has a list of CategoryWithProduct
                // CategoryWithProduct has a list of CatalogItemWithProduct
                // CatalogItemWithProduct has the actual Product
            } catch (Exception e) {
                Log.d(TAG, e.toString());
        } else {
            Log.e(TAG, poyntError.toString())

# Updating product information

Updating a product can be done from a terminal app. Here is how to update the product in 3 steps,

  1. Create a json patch for the fields that need to be updated. Sample code shows creating a patch for changing the price

public static String getProductPatch(Product product) {
        List<JsonPatchElement> patchElements = new ArrayList<JsonPatchElement>();
        JsonArray patchArray = new JsonArray();
        if (product!= null) {
            // price
            if (product.getPrice() != null) {
                // update
                JsonPatchElement<Long> priceElement = new JsonPatchElement<>();
            } else {
                // remove
                JsonPatchElement<Long> priceElement = new JsonPatchElement<>();
        JsonElement patch = new Gson().toJsonTree(patchElements);
        return patch.toString();
  1. Send the json patch to update the product.
productService.updateProduct(product.getId(), getProductPatch(product), productServiceListener);
  1. Refresh the local catalog by fetching from the cloud

# Orders

Poynt SDK provides support for creating and manging orders. The order model is simple and supports wide range of use cases let it be a restaurant or a retail store.

Model Reference

Order (opens new window)

# Creating orders

# Order Items

Order item can be created from a product in the catalog The code snippet shows how to create an order from the product. Similar code can be used to create an order item from an external catalog.

    OrderItem item = new OrderItem();

Fee's, discount's and tax's can be applied to an order item, each item supports a list of each attribute

# Order amounts

The order amounts needs to be the sum total of all order item level amounts and order level fees and discounts

OrderAmounts amounts = new OrderAmounts();
for (OrderItem item : items){
    Float quantity = item.getQuantity();
    float itemPrice = (item.getUnitPrice() * item.getQuantity());
    float itemsfee = 0;

    // Add item Fees
    if (item.getFees() != null && item.getFees().size() > 0){
        for (Fee fee : item.getFees()){
            if (fee.getPercentage() != null){
                itemsfee += itemPrice * fee.getPercentage();
            }else {
                itemsfee += fee.getAmount();
        itemsFeeTotal = (long)itemsfee;
        if(item.getFee() != null) {
            itemsFeeTotal += (long) (quantity * item.getFee());

    // Add item discounts
    if(item.getDiscount() != null) {
        itemsDiscountTotal -= item.getDiscount();

    // Add item Taxes
    itemsTaxTotal += getItemTax(item);  // refer to the sample POS app
    itemsSubTotal += itemPrice;

// Set the totals to the amounts

itemsNetTotal = itemsSubTotal + itemsFeeTotal + itemsDiscountTotal + itemsTaxTotal;

Create an order on the device and cloud by sending the order object that is created. The request takes a listener as an input to provide with the result.

orderService.createOrder(order, UUID.randomUUID().toString(), createOrderListener);

Updating order can be done in a similar way incase the items are modified or new items need to be added The order Id of the original order needs to be passed in to update the order.

orderService.updateOrder(orderId, order, UUID.randomUUID().toString(), updateOrderLister);

When the payment for an order has been received the order can be closed by setting the associated transaction to it and calling the complete order

orderService.completeOrder(orderId, order, UUID.randomUUID().toString(), completeOrderListener);


The item statuses need to be updated to FULFILLED before marking an order as complete.

# Fetching open orders

The orders created are also stored locally in the content providers on the device.

String[] mProjection = OrderstatusesColumns.FULL_PROJECTION;
String mSelectionClause = OrderstatusesColumns.FULFILLMENTSTATUS + "= ?";
String[] mSelectionArgs = {OrderStatus.OPENED.status()};
String mSortOrder = null;
Cursor cursor = getContentResolver().query(OrdersColumns.CONTENT_URI_WITH_NETTOTAL_TRXN_STATUS,
                mProjection, mSelectionClause, mSelectionArgs, mSortOrder);
OrdersCursor orderCursor = new OrdersCursor(cursor);
if (orderCursor != null) {
    if (orderCursor.getCount() > 0) {
        while (orderCursor.moveToNext()) {
            orderId = orderCursor.getOrderid();
            Log.d(TAG, "order id: " + orderId);
            Log.d(TAG, "customer user id: " + orderCursor.getCustomeruserid());
            Log.d(TAG, "order number: " + orderCursor.getOrdernumber());

# Scanning Products

Scan products using the scanner API provided by the Poynt OS. The scanner library supports most commonly used QR and bar codes. The scanner can be invoked by starting an itent with optional extras

Intent intent = new Intent("poynt.intent.action.SCANNER");
// "MULTI" or "SINGLE" allows for multiple product scans in a single go
intent.putExtra("MODE", "SINGLE");
// if multi mode - also register the receiver
IntentFilter scannerIntentFilter = new IntentFilter();
startActivityForResult(intent, SCANNER_REQUEST_CODE);

// If multi scan mode is enabled register for a broadcast to receive the codes
registerReceiver(scanResultReceiver, scannerIntentFilter);

The result for a scan is obtained in the onActivityResult of the calling activity.

// Check which request we're responding to
if (requestCode == SCANNER_REQUEST_CODE) {
    // Make sure the request was successful
    if (resultCode == RESULT_OK) {
        // get scan results
        String code = data.getStringExtra("CODE");
        String format = data.getStringExtra("FORMAT");
    } else if (resultCode == RESULT_CANCELED) {
        Log.d(TAG, "Result canceled");
    // unregister for the broadcast receiver if you have previously registered for

# Collecting Customer Info

The second screen on Poynt smart terminals is not just for collecting pin, there are a set of pre-defined templates that can be used to interact with customers and collect information. Here is a simple snippet to collect email,

Bundle options = new Bundle();
options.putString(Intents.EXTRA_EMAIL, "Enter your email");
secondScreenService.captureEmail(options, new IPoyntEmailEntryListener.Stub() {
    public void onEmailEntered(String s) throws RemoteException {
        Log.d(TAG, "Email entered : " + s);
    public void onCancel() throws RemoteException {
        Log.d(TAG, "Email entry cancelled");

# Printing Receipts

Poynt provides an easy way to print receipts from your app for transactions and orders using the IPoyntReceiptPrintingService (opens new window)

Binding to IPoyntReceiptPrintingService

                Intents.COMPONENT_POYNT_RECEIPT_PRINTING_SERVICE), connection, Context.BIND_AUTO_CREATE);
private ServiceConnection connection = new ServiceConnection() {
    public void onServiceConnected(ComponentName componentName, IBinder iBinder) {
        Log.d(TAG, "Receipt printing service connected");
        if (iBinder != null) {
            receiptPrintingService = IPoyntReceiptPrintingService.Stub.asInterface(iBinder);
    public void onServiceDisconnected(ComponentName componentName) {
        Log.d(TAG, "Receipt Printing service disconnected");
        receiptPrintingService = null;

# Printing transaction receipts

To print a transaction receipt all that needs to be done is pass in the transaction Id and the tip amount to the printTransactionReceipt method of the receiptPrintingService.

String jobId = UUID.randomUUID().toString();
receiptPrintingService.printTransactionReceipt(jobId, transactionId, 0, receiptPrintListener);

Receipt print listener

    private IPoyntReceiptPrintingServiceListener receiptPrintListener = new IPoyntReceiptPrintingServiceListener.Stub() {
        public void printQueued() throws RemoteException {
            Log.d(TAG, "Printing  queued");

        public void printFailed(PrinterStatus printerStatus) throws RemoteException {
            Log.d(TAG, "Printing failed with status " + printerStatus.getMessage());

# Printing order receipts

Order receipts can be printed by passing in the order Id.

String jobId = UUID.randomUUID().toString();
receiptPrintingService.printOrderReceipt(jobId, orderId, receiptPrintListener);

# Post Sale Operations

Performing operations on existing transaction can be done using the payment fragment. Start the fragment by passing the transaction ID with the display intent action. Depending on the status of the transaction the options available change dynamically.

Intent intent = new Intent(Intents.ACTION_DISPLAY_PAYMENT);
intent.putExtra(Intents.INTENT_EXTRAS_TRANSACTION_ID, transactionId);

# Settlements

Coming soon...

# Offline Mode

Coming soon...

# Poynt Cloud Messaging

In order to receive messages your terminal application must have a broadcast receiver. Also, your receiver must be registered with the correct intent and category. In your AndroidManifest.xml file, add your receiver to your application like so:

<receiver android:name="com.my.android.package.MyBroadcastReceiver"
        <action android:name="poynt.intent.action.CLOUD_MESSAGE_RECEIVED" />
        <category android:name="poynt.category.CLOUD_MESSAGE" />

Your broadcast receiver class should look something like this:

public class MyBroadcastReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver {
    public MyBroadcastReceiver() {}
    public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
        Log.d("MyBroadcastReceiver", "Got cloud Message: " + intent.getStringExtra(Intents

The message sent from the cloud will be put in the intent extra named INTENT_EXTRA_CLOUD_MESSAGE_BODY.


For more info refer here

Last Updated: 10/22/2020, 1:41:30 PM