Google is finally rolling-out Android Pay in the U.S., enabling seamless and secure contactless payments at millions of locations.
Over the next few days, owners of eligible Android devices can begin using Android Pay. For those consumers who receive automatic updates to their Android devices, the Google Wallet app will automatically update to Android Pay. Those who don’t receive automatic updates can download the Android Pay app from the Google Play Store in the next few days.
Like Apple Pay, the Android Pay bandwagon is soaring.
Here is the latest roundup:
MASTERCARD – Consumers can add their MasterCard credit, debit, select small business and prepaid cards from participating banks. Making a payment with Android Pay at a store is simple, safe and secure. Consumers simply need to unlock their device, hold it near a payment terminal at any location that accepts contactless payments, and their payment will be complete. MasterCard worked with Google to deliver a seamless payment experience. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using Android Pay will offer all the benefits and guarantees of a genuine MasterCard transaction.
GLOBAL PAYMENTS – Global Payments will offer its merchants in the United States the ability to accept Android Pay, which will offer a range of choices for Android mobile users. Users can simply unlock their device, place it near a contactless terminal and the payment is sent for authorization. Android Pay is designed to align with industry tokenization standards and not send actual credit or debit card numbers, but instead securely create virtual account numbers for transactions. Details of a customer’s card information are not released to the merchant, and customers are notified immediately when a purchase is made.
NAVY FCU – Navy Federal Credit Union is adding Android Pay to its available mobile payments options for its nearly 6 million members worldwide. The organization is one of the first financial institutions and the only credit union at launch to add the service to its mobile offerings.
Nearly one million Navy Federal members are active Android users, and approximately 90 percent of those users will have the mobile payment option.
PNC – PNC Bank is among the first financial institutions to offer its customers access to Android Pay. Android Pay allows customers who register their PNC consumer or small business debit or credit cards to make purchases using any eligible Android mobile device at participating merchant locations. Android Pay works with all NFC-enabled Android devices running Android OS 4.4 (KitKat) or higher. Android Pay will be available for download on Google Play in the next few days and will come preinstalled on new NFC-enabled Android phones from major carriers.
STAPLES – Staples says Android Pay, a new mobile payment solution that offers customers simplicity, security and choice when paying with their Android phones, will be live in Staples stores on Wednesday, September 16. Android Pay is making in-store payments simpler for every Android user. When customers go into a Staples store, they will be able to simply unlock their phone, tap it to the payment terminal and they’re done. Customers will also be able to save their Staples Rewards and gift cards in the Android Pay app so they are at their fingertips when they pay.
US BANK – Android Pay is beginning to roll out to customers of U.S. Bank and Elavon, the global acquiring subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp. Android Pay will be available for download on Google Play in the next few days, and will come preinstalled on new NFC-enabled Android phones from major carriers. With Android Pay, U.S. Bank customers with eligible consumer and small-business Visa credit or debit cards will be able to use their Android mobile phone to make fast, simple and secure payments in-store”all without pulling out a wallet.
REGIONS – Regions Bank customers can soon add their Regions Debit, Credit and Prepaid Now cards to Android Pay, the simple and secure way to pay with your Android phone. Android Pay enables Android users to seamlessly tap and pay with their phones at more than 1 million stores across the US, with more locations being added every day, and to make those purchases easily and securely. Regions customers can use this new payment product to load an existing Regions card to Android Pay and use those cards to make purchases in stores that accept contactless payments.
WELLS FARGO – Starting today, Wells Fargo customers will be able to use an Android mobile device to use Android Pay to conveniently make purchases at over one million merchant locations nationwide. Customers with an Android device running KitKat (4.4) or higher can simply unlock their device, place it over a payment terminal that accepts contactless payments, and pay for goods and services with the security of a consumer Wells Fargo Debit or Credit Card, or Small Business Debit Card. The new feature will be rolling out to customers gradually over the next few days.
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