Google Launches Android Pay in Australia

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Google announcing that Android Pay would be available in Australia in the first half of the year,

It kicked things off with ANZ as its major banking partner. Already available in the U.S. and UK, Android Pay launched in Singapore in June.

we are only today seeing the first Aussie bank launching Android Pay here in Australia. Google has brought Android Pay to since launching at Google I/O last year, with over 20 Australian banks on board. We’ve already confirmed Android Pay working with ANZ Visa Credit and Debit cards, and American Express cards are confirmed working too.

Android Pay can be used on any smartphone running Google Android software, version KitKat and above, including handsets from Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei, BlackBerry, and HTC.

Google Senior Director Product Management Pali Bhat said: “We’re excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to ANZ customers with Android Pay.  Using Android Pay is more secure – and much faster – than rummaging through your wallet for a plastic card. Starting today, people will be able to use their Android device to pay at almost 800,000 contactless payment terminals in Australia.”

customers will be able to use Android Pay at tap-and-pay terminals for in-store purchases, much like Apple Pay. The service will allow users to buy items within mobile apps, to store loyalty cards on their phone, and Android Pay can also power third-party apps from banks and other institutions.

This also means you don't need to remember a PIN, create a strong password or do anything new to authenticate the transaction, as the phone's ability to make payments is secured by the number, pattern or fingerprint you already use.