Date
27 May 2017
A man demonstrates how Android Pay on a mobile device can be used to buy soft drinks at a vending machine. Photo: Bloomberg
A man demonstrates how Android Pay on a mobile device can be used to buy soft drinks at a vending machine. Photo: Bloomberg

Google pushes into mobile payment with US launch of Android Pay

Google is rolling out Android Pay, a one-touch payment app on Android devices, in more than a million locations in the United States.

The payment service can be used through Android devices with near-field communication (NFC) technology and Google’s KitKat 4.4+ operating system, Reuters reported, citing a blog post by the company.

Android Pay will compete with Apple’s Apple Pay in the mobile payments market, which research firm IDC estimates at US$1 trillion in 2017.

Existing users of Google Wallet app can access Android Pay through an update, while new users can download it from Google Play store in the next few days.

Google said the payment service could be used at stores operated by such companies as Aeropostale, Macy’s, GameStop and Staples.

Android Pay will be made available in more locations over the next few days and more features will be added to it in the coming months, Google said.

Android Pay will support credit and debit cards on payment networks of American Express, Discover Financial Services, MasterCard and Visa as well as cards issued by banks such as Bank of America and US Bank.

Google said Citigroup and Wells Fargo would also be added to the list in the next few days.

As part of security, the service is supported by the industry standard “tokenization” card-security service.

Tokenization service substitutes random numbers for a user’s credit card details when a merchant transmits transaction data, reducing the risk of online theft.

The app will come preinstalled on new NFC-enabled phones from wireless carriers AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon Communications, the report said.

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