Announced at Google I/O 2015, Android Pay was said to launch around the same time as Android M, which is now known as Android Marshmallow. Since then, we haven’t officially heard anything on the payment front from Google regarding their upcoming platform.
An internal memo at McDonald’s recently slated Android Pay launching last week, however the fact that incorrect dates for Samsung Pay were mentioned on the same memo, Google Play Services 8.1 (which sets the stage for Android Pay) hadn’t begun to roll out to users yet, and now that August 26th has come and gone, we know that information was horribly incorrect.
Google Play Services 8.1 has been rolling out to users across Google’s Android ecosystem for a few days now. Once the latest version of Google Play Services has rolled out to users, Google can easily announce Android Pay support. Thanks to an internal memo we’ve received from a reliable source at Verizon Wireless, we now know that Google plans to have Android Pay rolled out to users very soon and will launch Android Pay on September 16th.
While we are confident with the information that we’ve received regarding September 16th as the ‘go live’ date for Android Pay, it’s worth mentioning that the unforeseen can always happen and dates are often pushed back at the last minute. We’ll keep you posted if new information arrives over the next two weeks.