Android Pay is simply a more robust way to make mobile payments from you android device, just like Apple Pay, which Google announced Android Pay at Google I/O this year. Now, Google has recently announced on their Australian Blog that Android Pay will be made available in Australia next year, Google hasn’t mentioned the exact date but will be available in first half of 2016.
To bring Android Pay to Australia, Google will be closely working with some of the major financial institutions in Australia such as ANZ, Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia, Bendigo Bank, Cuscal, ING DIRECT, Macquarie Bank, and St. George. Google has also said that they will be working with more banks later next year. Visa and MasterCard will be supported for Android Pay and eftpos will also support their cards for Android Pay in Australia as well. AMEX hasn’t been mentioned on the current supported cards but it might be get support as the time passes by.
Android Pay will also be available for use on major retailers in Australia and Google has also mentioned some of them such as 7-Eleven, Brumby’s Bakery, Coles Express, Coles Supermarkets, Crust Gourmet Pizza, Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Limited, Donut King, Gloria Jean’s Coffees, McDonald’s, Michel’s Patisserie, Pizza Capers, and Telstra.
The company has also given some insights to those who would like to accept Android Pay at their businesses. All the information regarding Android Pay and how to use it for your business can be found over here.