Google has begun rolling out its Android Pay mobile payment service in Australia with support from American Express and Visa. The service will be available from 27 banks and credit unions at launch and from an additional seven financial institutions “soon”. MasterCard support is expected “in a few days”.
Banks making the service available at launch include ANZ, Bank Australia, Macquarie, MyState Bank and Teachers Mutual Bank. Support from Westpac, Bank of Melbourne, Bendigo Bank, Bank SA, ING Direct, RAMS and St George Bank will be added at a later date.
“You will be able to use Android Pay everywhere contactless payments are accepted, including your favourite shops like Coles, Domino’s, 7-Eleven and more,” Pali Bhat, Google’s senior director of product management, writes in a blog post. “Businesses across the country with contactless terminals don’t need to do anything else to be able to accept Android Pay in store.”
“In a few days time, you will also be able to speed through checkout using Android Pay in your favourite apps — including Catch of the Day, Deliveroo, Domino’s, EatNow, Hotel Tonight, Kogan.com and many more,” Bhat continues.
“To start using Android Pay, you’ll need to download the Android Pay app on Google Play and have an eligible American Express, Visa — and in a few days, MasterCard — credit or debit card from one of our 25+ supported banks and credit unions. More banks and cards are being added all the time.”
Android Pay was unveiled during the Google I/O keynote in May 2015 and was launched across the US in September 2015. The service made its UK debut in May 2016 after Google’s Spencer Spinnell hinted that a European launch of the mobile payment service was imminent earlier this year at Money20/20 Europe. It launched in Singapore last month.