Google continues to expand its contactless payment system, Android Pay. Earlier in the spring, the company announced its rollout plans for the UK, and as of today Android Pay is available in another one of the Queen’s domains: Australia.
Android Pay allows users to connect their credit cards and bank accounts to Google's system and use NFC-enabled phones to pay for items and services. In Australia, you’ll need to be a customer of ANZ, Teachers Mutual, Macquarie or 25 other supported financial institutions to use the service. Bendingo Bank and ING Direct will also be added to that list “soon”.
After adding their credit cards, customers will be able to use Android Pay around town at shops like Coles, Domino’s, 7-Eleven and so on. Google says you can use Android Pay “everywhere contactless payments are accepted”, but that comes with some small print as not all retailers will accept the service.
Finally, those of you using local apps like Deliveroo, Domino’s, EatNow, Kogan.com and others will also be able to use Android Pay for in-app transactions, without the need to input your credit cards into each service.
As mentioned above the service will continue to expand both into other markets, as well as locally with the addition of extra partners, apps and financial institutions into the program.