During MWC 2015 earlier this year Google first introduced Android Pay, but now the company has topped that with the announced that not only is it real but it will also be launching soon.
Set to be launched in over 700,000 stores in the US, with support for around 1000 Android apps, the system will let you make payments from your phone wirelessly, much like Apple Pay.
With Android Pay, you can simply unlock your phone like you normally do, place it near a merchant’s contactless terminal, and you’re good to go. Android Pay does all the heavy lifting. You don’t even need to open an app—just tap and go. You’ll also see a payment confirmation and get transaction details right on your phone.
Also, with select retailers, your loyalty programs and special offers will be automatically applied at checkout. For example, when you tap to buy a Coke at a vending machine, your MyCokeRewards will be automatically applied. With Android Pay the contactless terminal not only receives your payment info, but also your loyalty programs and offers.
You can find out more details on Android Pay over at Google at the link below.
We don’t know yet if it will launch outside of the US, but we will let you know if we hear more.