Google has launched its much anticipated digital wallet service Android Pay in Australia, supporting many more banks than its competitors Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. Here’s what you need to know.
Apple Pay launched in Australia late last year but was only compatible with American Express credit cards, much to the chagrin of many iPhone users. It only recently partnered up with a major bank, ANZ, to provide the service to a wider group of customers. Samsung also launched its own service last month with a a handful of banking partners.
In contrast, Google has gone with the all or nothing approach, partnering with 35 financial institutions (so far) to bring Android Pay to their customers. You can find the full list of banks here. Android Pay supports MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit and debit cards.
Google’s digital wallet service is accepted at any shop that supports contactless payments and the company is working to integrate Android Pay into apps including Deliveroo, Jetstar and Domino’s. It’s looking to add more app partners in the near future.
Android is the most popular mobile operating system in Australia with around 64 per cent of the marketshare locally. This will no doubt drive the adoption of Android Pay in Australia.
You can download the Android Pay app on your phone through the Google Play Store.
You can get more information on Android Pay over at the official website.