Google’s mobile payment system has been making a lot of noise across the globe lately and here we are, it has come a long way as today it was launched in Asia. Well, it was Singapore to be precise but it is a big news for all Android fans who have been following it closely. For those who haven’t been up to date with this fascinating bit of Android, just a heads up, it’s gonna help you all make your payments so very simplistic and uncomplicated.
“Singapore was selected as the third market worldwide after the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) to introduce its mobile payments offering because of its ready base of mobile-savvy consumers as well as a mature ecosystem.”, says Mr Pali Bhat, senior director of product management at Google, which created the Android mobile operating system (OS).
During the launch of Android Pay in Asia he also added that, Android Pay will work with MasterCard and Visa cards from DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, POSB, Standard Chartered Bank and UOB, and there is no limit as to how many cards can be added by the consumer.
So for now, if you live in Singapore, all you need to do is download the Android Pay app from Google Play, add a supported credit or debit card and start tapping at participating retailers. You’ll simply need an NFC-equipped smartphone with Android 4.4 KitKat or newer.
Android Pay was first launched in the US in September 2015, and this was followed by the launch in UK this May. It is also expected to launch in Australia very soon.
Just to tell you in Layman’s terms about Android Pay :-
Android Pay turns your phone into a Google-powered wallet. Tap it against a terminal, transfer money, and walk away feeling like you’re living in the future. Android Pay has been making folks feel this way since September, depending on where you live. Cool!! Ain’t it??
Plus, you probably eat at McDonald or Subway, right? Yep. They would gladly accept payments via this uber cool platform.
How to Use Android Pay ?
- Download the Android Pay app on the Google Play Store.
- Set advanced security options like fingerprint unlocking, if your device supports it.
- Add your card(s).
- At merchants contact-less terminals, wake the phone up and hold it over the reader. A checkmark will indicate when the transaction is successful.
Android Pay in India ? When ?
Is probably the first question that strikes your mind, so the answer to that question is real soon. We don’t have any confirmation but with competitors like Samsung Pay and Apple Pay trying to woo the crowd and market heating up in this sector, we don’t think that any of these would ignore the huge existent market of our country. So we expect Android Pay in India very soon.
So you might not have to wait that long. The Future is Now. Have any views, share with us through comments. We are always active and reachable on all social platforms, do follow us on Facebook and Twitter.