With Android Pay, you can start leaving your wallet behind, as anyone with a compatible device can pay for goods and services with a simple tap of their phone against a compatible point-of-sale terminal with near-field communication (NFC). Here’s everything you need to know about Android Pay, including the places and banks that support it.
Further International release plans
Android Pay isn’t available worldwide yet, but that’s changing in 2016. The U.K. became the first country outside the U.S. to support the mobile payment system in May, but others have followed since.
The latest to join the list is Australia, and Google has listed an impressive number of supported banks — more than 25 including ANZ, Beyond Bank, and Macquarie. Unfortunately, ANZ is the only one out of the top four banks in Australia to support the payment service. To see the list of supported Australian banks, check here. One of the major banks, Westpac, said it would support Android Pay last year, so it’s unclear why it isn’t in Google’s list of banks. The search giant says more will be added soon, so we’ll have to wait and see if Westpac follows through.
But Aussies will also soon be able to use Android Pay within select apps such as Catch of the Day, Deliveroo, Domino’s, EatNow, Hotel Tonight, Kogan.com and more. That means speedier checkout times in apps as you won’t have to type out all your credit card information.
In late June, Singapore became the third country to get Android Pay. It’s compatible with any contactless terminal in the country, and supports loyalty cards and credit card rewards programs. It’s compatible with MasterCard and Visa cards from many of the country’s largest institutions, including DBS Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, OCBC Bank, POSB Bank, and UOB.
The search giant said Android Pay will come to more countries throughout 2016.