Google launches mobile payment solution: Android Pay

Google has just announced a mobile payment solution: Android Pay. This service gives you access to pay with your Android phone at over one million locations in the US. It also stores your credit, debit, gift and loyalty cards for use. Using it is simple, unlock your device, and place it near an NFC-connected terminal. That’s all.

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Android Pay is supported only on NFC-enabled Android devices, running at least KitKat 4.4. It will be made available to all carriers in the U.S with added support for cards from Visa, MasterCard, and a long list of banks.

For secured transactions, Google issues a virtual account number (rather than your actual credit/debit card numbers) for authentication. In case your device is stolen, one can go to  Android Device Manager page to shut down the device and wipe all personal information.

 

It’s unclear whether this feature will be launched in this part of the world. Meanwhile, those using Google Wallet will get an app update that brings the Android Pay feature. You can grab the Android Pay apk HERE.

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3 comments

  1. Hackers must be having a wet dream over the announcement,can imagine the potential for data breach the adoption of this will unleash..

    1. Google Wallet has been around for a while, this is just an extension, basically NFC add on to the original service

  2. Had a friend who’s been waiting for this but as it’s still stuck in the US, he’s moved on to another payment system.

    Apple Pay has managed to make it across the Atlantic, at this rate Android Pay could very well become an “also ran”. I’m not a fan of any system that locks me into one OS. I wonder if this will work with Android Wear on iOS? Now that would be interesting 😀

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