In May 2015, tech giant Google announced that Android Pay is going to replace Google Wallet. Three months down the line, the application is all and ready to be tested, launching in the US this Thursday in more than one million locations.
Android Pay will allow users to store all their credit card data on their smartphone devices, just like Apple Pay. Android Pay users will also be able to store special offers in the app too, as well as loyalty cards.
The smartphone’s NFC will do all the job for its clients, all they have to do is simply tap their phone against any location that will be equipped with this payment method. The service is temporally limited to the US, but Google promises that it will soon start to roll out worldwide over the next couple of weeks.
Android Pay supports cards from all the major payment networks – Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The application will also support customers of leading US banks, such as Bank of America, American Express, Navy Federal Credit Union, Discover, USAA, Regions Bank, PNC, and US Bank. The company said that Wells Fargo support will also be available in the next couple of days.
The company declared in an official statement that over one million locations in the US will support Android Pay in the day of the launch. Google has made deals with all major American retailers, including Whole Food Market Inc., Staples Inc., Office Depot Inc., Toys “R” Us, and Walgreens. The company also said they are working of adding the ability to use their app for in-app purchases later this year, but there are a couple of apps that already have this feature.
Another useful thing about Android Pay is that you actually don’t have to open up the app in order to use it. All you have to do is unlock your phone (as the app runs in the background) and tap your device against a terminal, then the app will automatically recognize both your payment card and the input location.
After you made a purchase, if you tap on the card that you’re using in the app you will be able to see what were your latest acquisitions.
However, one of the most useful features of the app is that it allows users to pay for things in apps. Certain apps already implemented a “Buy with Android Pay” button as a function in their menu. You won’t have to enter your credit card information anymore because Android Pay will do everything for you.
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