Show me the money - Android Pay coming to over 700,000 US retailers

Show me the money - Android Pay coming to over 700,000 US retailers
Mobile payments are coming to Android! At the I/O 2015 keynote, Google announced Android Pay, a fully-featured payments system that takes advantage of NFC connectivity and fingerprint recognition to bring mobile payments to Android users. The system relies on a virtualized credit card which acts as a proxy for your actual card, thus your sensitive data isn't shared with merchants. Speaking of merchants, Android Pay will be working with over 700,000 stores in the US that have contactless payment terminals. Google is also partnering with almost every major financial instituion you can think of.

Android Pay will also be used for in-app purchases from retailers - for example, if you're ordering food from Chipotle or paying for an Uber ride, you'll be able to use Google's payment system.

Android Pay will be available on every device with NFC connectivity, and requires Android KitKat at minimum to operate. This means the feature will not be exclusive to devices with fingerprint readers, which is another interesting topic by itself. To facilitate mobile payments, Android M will have native fingeprint recognition support available to developers through a single, standardized API.

Android Pay's rollout will happen parallel with the launch of Android M.

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8 Comments

1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

What exactly is the difference from Google Wallet? Also, why name it Google Pay? Google Wallet came first as mobile payment and they should proudly stick to that instead of naming it the same as Apple's ripoff. That's just giving iFans ammunition to blast Android for copying.

3. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

omg dont tell me apple patneded the word "pay" thats crazy! truly innovative tech patent right there.

5. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

patented*

6. Galaxy_Apple

Posts: 129; Member since: May 24, 2015

So in the end everything is about winning arguments on the internet against fanboys ? not actual progress ? unlike wallet Android pay works with other apps and banks I'm guessing , which is what differentiates it, also google wallet sounded fishy. android pay might get more adoption cause they are open to all phones with Kit-kat onwards, rather than just new ones like Apple did, which makes it even more appealing

7. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

No, it isn't about the arguments, but it definetely doesn't help with publicity when your product is named the same as a currently existing product, especially for Google. There are iFans who are still deluded that Apple is always the first, using that as a really crappy excuse on why iOS is better and that everyone is playing catch up (just look at the iFans on this site). Now imagine people who don't follow the tech news. They had no idea Google wallet existed already, and 2 months ago Apple introduced Apple Pay and now 2 months later, Google introduces Google Pay. It is not good publicity to have people think that your products are always copies of another. This is especially true for non-tech people who constantly believe Apple is the bleeding edge of technology due to ignorance.

8. JoeDirt

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

Well said! Google renaming this to Android Pay is a poor decision. It screams "copy cat" even though it isn't. Google Wallet has been around forever. Most people just don't know it.

2. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Wallet (app) is going to be part of the larger supported platform called Android Pay.

4. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Android Pay will only work in the US right? Not the UK?

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