Android Pay Hits Apps

Chris CrumeCommerce & Retail

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Google unveiled Android Pay at Google I/O in May as its answer to Apple Pay. It exists separate from Google's previous payments offering Google Wallet, which got its own overhaul in September.

Also in September, Android Pay was actually launched, giving users the ability to pay with their Android phones at locations throughout the U.S.

We knew it was coming, but Google has now launched the ability to pay with Android Pay in apps as well.

"No more pulling out your credit card while on-the-go," says Android pay director of product management Pali Bhat. "No more errors thanks to clumsy thumbs. Just tap the Android Pay button in the app, confirm your information, and you’re done! And just like your purchases in stores, Android Pay never shares your card details with merchants."

"In the next few months, you’ll see more and more of your favorite apps adding Android Pay to help you speed through mobile checkout," Bhat adds. "For a limited time, you’ll also get special savings by using Android Pay in select apps—from $20 off on OpenTable* dining, $10 off your Lyft ride*, $10 off DoorDash* to 30% off Vinted*—there’s something for everyone."

There's a collection of offers available here.

Developers who want to add Android Pay to their apps can find the API developer site here.

The company says it will roll out Android Pay in Australia in the first half of 2016. Additional countries will follow throughout the year.

So far, there are over a million locations across the United States that accept Android Pay.

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Chris Crum
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