Google rolls out Android Pay, to compete with Apple Pay

Google rolls out Android Pay, to compete with Apple Pay

Friday, September 11, 2015 12:20 am

The Android Pay logo

The Android Pay logo

Google Inc rolled out Android Pay, a one-touch payment app on Android devices, in more than 1 million locations in the United States on Thursday.

The payment service can be used through Android devices with near-field communication (NFC) technology and Google’s KitKat 4.4+ operating system.

Android Pay will compete with Apple Inc’s Apple Pay in the mobile payments market, which research firm IDC estimates at $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’s shares rose 1.4 percent to $652.74 in afternoon trading.

The company said the payment service could be used at stores operated by companies including Aeropostale Inc, Macy’s Inc, GameStop Corp and Staples Inc.

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 in a blog post.

Android Pay will support credit and debit cards on payment networks of American Express Co, Discover Financial Services, MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc and cards issued by banks such as Bank of America and U.S. Bank, among others.
*Reported by Reuters

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