Google launched its new mobile payment platform, Android Pay in the United States.
The new Android Pay will work with all Near-field communication (NFC) enabled Android devices (running KitKat 4.4+), on any mobile carrier, at every tap and pay ready location across the US.
As per the company, this new mobile payment platform can be used at over one million locations across the US, everywhere tap and pay payments are accepted, including Subway, Coca-cola, Staples, Pecto, McDonald’s, Jamba Juice ,Sports Authority and pepsi.
Android Pay will support credit and debit cards from American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. Within next few days, company is planning to add Wells Fargo, Capital One and Citi.
As per the company, if user’s device receives automatic updates then current Google Wallet app will automatically update to Android Pay and user will just need to set it up. Loyalty programs, gift cards, or offers that users had in Wallet will show up in Android Pay.
Interested users can also download the Android Pay app on Google Play. Please remember, its not available for iOS devices.
Android Pay is supported by industry standard tokenization.Tokenization service will substitute random numbers for a user’s credit or debit card details when a merchant transmits transaction data, reducing the risk of online theft.
Pali Bhat, Director of Product Management, Android Pay said “Later this year, you’ll also be able to use Android Pay to speed through mobile checkout in your favorite apps. And with select merchants, you’ll soon be able to transmit your loyalty cards and special offers with just a tap.”
Android Pay will compete with Apple Pay.