Published On: Wed, Aug 26th, 2015

Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week


Android Pay, Google’s stirring payments height and rival to Apple Pay, will shortly launch, permitting consumers to compensate regulating their Android smartphones during point-of-sale as good as make purchases within mobile applications. However, according to sources informed with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not nearing currently – or any time this week, in fact – notwithstanding a handful of reports and leaks from participating merchants that seemed to prove otherwise.

As we might recall, Android Police recently uncovered a notice to employees during Android Pay partner McDonald’s that indicated that a restaurant’s business could start using Android Pay on Wednesday, Aug 26. A second McDonald’s memo was also posted to Reddit, again referencing a Aug 26 launch date.

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Even though there were multiple sources for a McDonald’s leak, some questioned a correctness of those reports, given that both notices also wrongly listed a launch date for Samsung Pay as being Aug 21 – when Samsung itself has pronounced a possess payments height will launch in Sep in a U.S. (It did, technically, launch Aug 20 nonetheless usually in Korea.)

However, a launch time support began to demeanour some-more legitimate when Subway – another Android Pay partner – began emailing a business to let them know that Android Pay was live. According to Consumerist, that got a duplicate of a Subway FreshBuzz email newsletter from a reader, a quick food sequence yesterday admitted that “Android Pay Is Now At Subway!” The email even related to a Android Pay website, even nonetheless that site continues to contend a height is “coming soon.” (Google is not commenting on a leaks.)

Clearly, Android Pay’s launch is imminent, as retailers have been posting placards, signs and fixation stickers on their remuneration terminals for some time. But they might have jumped a gun on a “official” go-live date for Android Pay.

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In box we missed it, Android Pay was announced this open during Mobile World Congress, afterwards further detailed at Google’s annual I/O developer discussion in May.

The new payments height will effectively collect adult where Google Wallet left off by allowing consumers to daub and compensate regulating their smartphone during internal stores, while also charity a developer API for digital payments. (Confusingly, Google didn’t tighten down Google Wallet following a news of Android Pay. Google Wallet instead was re-introduced as a peer-to-peer payments app like Venmo or Square Cash.)

Similar to Apple Pay, Android Pay’s contactless remuneration resolution utilizes NFC and tokenization technologies, nonetheless usually requires users clear their phone to sanction a transaction – that is, it doesn’t need biometric input, nonetheless that’s upheld on newer inclination that have a fingerprint reader. It will work on Android inclination that run KitKat and higher, that also have an NFC chip. And distinct Google’s prior attempts during mobile payments, this time it’s operative with the mobile carriers, including ATT, Verizon (disclosure: TechCrunch primogenitor AOL is owned by Verizon), and T-Mobile.

While not nonetheless live, a Android Pay website offers a horde of information about how and where a record will work when it launches. Consumers will be means to use their credit or withdraw cards including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express, at a far-reaching accumulation of merchants, like Best Buy, Gamestop, McDonald’s, Macy’s, Whole Foods, and more. Apps such as Groupon, GrubHub, OpenTable, Lyft, Uber and many some-more will also support Android Pay, a site indicates.

Image credits: Google; Android Police; Reddit

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