Keen to apparently make the world of payments on Android a little less confusing, Google has now announced that it is combining all of the different services it offers into one, more simplified offering called Google Pay.
Readers in New York City rejoice, because you will soon be able to use Apple Pay or Android Pay when stepping into subway trains and busses.
Android's open source nature makes it one of the most customizable and developer-friendly platforms out there, thus the basis of its appeal to many users. However, sometimes such freedom can cost people dearly too, just like the newest piece of information that has surfaced regarding Android Pay on rooted devices. According to a credible source, Android Pay will not work on rooted Android smartphones and tablets.
Today, Google's Director of Product Management, Android Pay, Pali Bhat, took to the official Android blog to announce the official roll out of Android Pay across more than a million locations in the United States. The payment solution allows you to use your Android smartphone to make payments at vendors that accept tap and pay solutions.
At Google I/O 2015, the Mountain View search giant introduced Android Pay - a new feature for Android smartphones that allows you to make payments right from your device, using a combination of Google's integration with a number of stores, payment processors, and your existing credit/debit cards etc. Sounds familiar? That's because it is. Allow me to clarify this from the very beginning (and my displeasure with this fact): Android Pay is awfully similar to Apple Pay, and not just by name but in functionality as well. Let's take a quick look at all that's on offer.
The mobile payment space got a big lift when Apple launched Apple Pay late last year, and even though it was unrelated, Google saw an increase in Google Wallet usage as a result. According to a new report, which cites unnamed sources, Google is set to re-enter the mobile payment market with renewed vigor come this year's Google I/O developer event.