Android loyalists in Australia have many reasons to smile since the “first half” of 2016 will witness the arrival of Android Pay in the country.
The official Google Australia blog states, “In the first half of 2016, we’ll be bringing Android Pay to Australia — the simple and secure way to pay using your Android phone. Android Pay also stores your gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers right on your phone.”
But that isn’t all, Google has gone a step ahead and collaborated with Australian banks to offer more to its fans in the country. As shared on the blog, “We’re working closely with many of Australia’s major financial institutions — including ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING DIRECT, Macquarie Bank, and St. George — with the aim of bringing Android Pay to their card holders in 2016, and will continue to work with more banks throughout the year.”
So yes, the NAB and Commonwealth bank customers will have to wait at least for the initial period, when the service makes its way into the country. For those not in the know, through this digital wallet platform users can enjoy tap-to-pay as well as make quick in-app purchases. When at the checkout terminal, unlock and tap your device to make the payment. It’s as simple as it can get!
According to report on Tech Radar, Google is working with a number of retailers including Gloria Jean’s Coffees, McDonald’s, Michel’s Patisserie, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited, Coles Supermarkets, 7-Eleven amongst others so that the service in employed in the right manner to ensure customer satisfaction.
To make things a lot more easier, local shopping apps will also extend support for Android Pay, so users won’t have to put in their payment credentials or other details every time they want to get make a purchase. When it arrives in Australia, to begin with, the service will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards.