Google announces Android Pay to replace Google Wallet



Today during its keynote, Google officially unveiled Android Pay as the successor to Google Wallet, it’s long standing attempt to break into the mobile payments market. Android Pay will power both in-app and tap-to-pay purchases on mobile devices. As for Google Wallet, it’ll still be around, but instead it will focus on accepting payments outside of the mobile web.

Several partners have been announced with the new service, including the major credit and debit card issuers, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. Android Pay will work exactly like Google Wallet, where you simply tap your smartphone to any NFC terminal in order to pay your bill. Your credit card information isn’t shared with the store, adding another layer of protection for the security conscious.

While Android Pay was unveiled during Google’s big Android M developer preview, it was confirmed that the service will work on all devices on KitKat and above. Perhaps the biggest news for developers is that Android Pay will be available to developers to integrate payment functionality from the service into their own apps. Uber and Lyft are two examples of apps that will utilize Android Pay in the future, rather than relying on typing in credit card information.



The short list of app partners Google showcased during the presentation include:

  • Dominos
  • Chipotle
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • Etsy
  • GrubHub
  • B&H
  • Yelp Eat 24
  • Expedia
  • Groupon
  • Travelocity
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • Wish
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Newegg
  • Orbitz
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    1. Apple Pay?

      1. Android Pay

      2. Give it a rest Apple Butter…

    2. Great. Something Apple has had working for a long time now. Hopefully it is adopted quickly.

      1. Google wallet has been available for years… Well before Apple

        1. I have yet to see a single person use it, or even know about it other than people on this forum. I see people paying at starbucks with it daily. Marketing fail?

          1. I have a few at work that do, mostly for loyalty cards with some light paying for fun. I have used wallet since my Nexus S almost on a daily level, I am also fortunate to live in an area that seems to have alot of the readers. Even if I didn’t, just using it to store loyalty cards, gift cards and paying online is worth having it setup. Possible that marketing has slowed down adoption, but I say its mostly people not discovering what the $700 phone they just bought can actually do. I get a new phone and try out everything, most don’t. To each their own

            1. Fist bump. (Fellow Nexus S user)

      2. A long time? Hasn’t even been a year yet. Never the less, how long has Wallet been around? Let’s see, since May 26, 2011! It’s simply evolving to the next level. And as far as acceptance. it was actually accepted in more places before Apple Pay was introduced, in fact it was Apple Pay that made retailers such as Rite Aid and CVS to shut it down all together b/c of this Current C crap.

    3. Will this be available outside the US?

      1. No.

    4. Google Wallet has a better ring to it.

      A name change is not going to fix the problem.

      1. Will help somewhat since everyone knows apple pay, but I like Google Wallet better

        1. But making it sound like Apple Pay cheapens it to me having been a long time user (Nexus S).

      2. What problem would that be? Google Wallet is (in my opinion) far more easier/convenient to use than Apple Pay. People just don’t know what Google Wallet is because of advertising and marketing.

        1. The name isn’t the problem there… the lack of advertising and marketing is.

      3. It’s not changing or replacing Google Wallet!

        1. It is replacing google wallet as far as mobile payments. How is that not change?

    5. Lawsuit in the making ?

      1. Why? Google Wallet came around long before Apple Pay. If you’re referring to using the word Pay, you can’t trademark a single generic word (and Apple didn’t even try in this case).

    6. wonder if we’ll finally be able to use it with those vending machines that used softcard?

    7. It’s not actually going to replace Google Wallet though. You still need Google Wallet to help Android Pay work. Google Wallet is were everything is store, Apple Pay is the software to allow you to take data from the mobile wallet and purchase using your mobile. It’s like Passbook and Apple Pay. They are not competing or interchangeable.

    8. Google Wallet is perfect for peer to peer payments. Android Pay cannot do that. or am I missing something?

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