Google announced its successor to Google Wallet and they’re calling it Android Pay. Here are five things you should know about the company’s new payment platform.
Android Pay looks to take on Apple’s own Apple Pay payment service, as the digital payment industry is starting to gain traction thanks to Apple popularizing the platform.
Google didn’t spend a lot of time talking about Android Pay, but there are a handful of details that we already know, and users should know these details as well if they plan on using Android Pay with their Android devices.
While Google has tried in the past to get a digital/wireless payment platform up and going, it seems that Android Pay may be the one that sticks. Here’s what buyers should know if they want to begin using Android Pay.
Android Pay Replaces Google Wallet
One thing that’s important to know is that Android Pay replaces Google Wallet instead of existing alongside of it.
Google Wallet wasn’t exactly the most convenient payment service to use on a mobile device, especially once Apple Pay released. However, Android Pay looks to change that as much of the same conveniences of Apple Pay are coming to Android Pay as well.
Android Pay will work through NFC at retail stores that support the technology, and it will also work in-app with a handful of apps that will support Android Pay when it officially launches. Users will be able to lock it down as well with the fingerprint sensor on devices that have such a feature.
Android Pay Release
The official launch date of Android Pay is still unknown, but it will release alongside Android M, which will arrive to the public at some point later this year.
However, Android Pay will work on KitKat devices as well (not just Android M), so those who have slightly older devices won’t be left entirely out of the fun, especially if you’ll be waiting on an Android M update for your device.
Android Pay Devices
Android Pay will be available on Android M devices, as well as KitKat devices, but not all smartphones running these versions of Android will receive support for Android Pay.
However, many of the popular devices will gain support, such as the HTC One M9, HTC One M9+, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, and probably the LG G4 at some point. Of course, we can’t forget about Google’s own Nexus 6 and Nexus 5.
Of course, any new device that launches in the future will most likely support Android Pay as well.
Android Pay Features
Android Pay will work much like Apple Pay does, where users simply hold their devices up to the pay terminal at a retail store and authorize a payment and even using the fingerprint sensor if the phone has one.
The retailer won’t know your credit card details, meaning it’s much more secure than using a credit card the traditional way.
Users can also use Android Pay in-app with Android apps that support the payment platform, making it easier to shop on your devices and avoid having to go through the annoying checkout process.
Android Pay Stores
Android Pay will launch with support at many retail chains and will be available at 700,000 locations. Some of the stores that will support Android Pay right off the bat include Chipotle, Walgreens, McDonald’s, Macy’s Dunkin’ Donuts, and Dominos.
Essentially, most stores that already support NFC payments are pretty much all ready to go for Android Pay. This means that anywhere that supports Apple Pay will most likely already support Android Pay as well.
As for apps that will support Android Pay, the list is fairly extensive, with apps like Etsy, GrubHub, Expedia, Groupon, and Uber.
Of course, the list of retailers and apps will continue to grow, but it’s certainly a good start. Furthermore, all of the major credit card companies are on board, including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.