Google launched its wireless digital payment system Android Pay back in September 2015. At launch, Google had tied up with the likes of American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa for its wireless payments processing service. And today, the search engine giant officially announced in a blog that Android Pay now supports for 17 more banks and credit unions in the United States.
The list of new institutions who now support Android Pay include American Eagle Financial Credit Union, Bank of Milton, Centennial Bank, Commercial State Bank, Credit Union ONE, and EagleBank. Other less noticeable inclusions are Farmers National Bank, Fifth District Savings Bank, Firstrust Bank, Gerber Federal Credit Union, Hills Bank, and Trust Company, Huntington National Bank, mBank, Peach State Federal Credit Union, Peoples Bank of East Tennessee, Stanford Federal Credit Union, and State Bank Financial.
While back in June this year, Google also added 60 banks to its list of institutions to support Android Pay every day. Not to forget, PayPal also joined hands with Android Pay to allow for a hassle-free in-store payment option. The partnership between Android Pay and Paypal would also allow existing PayPal users to make purchases at stores compatible with Android Pay.
Android Pay works on all devices running Android 4.4 “KitKat” and above. And just like Apple Pay, Android Pay allow users to store their credit and debit cards on their smartphones, and use their smartphone’s NFC capabilities to simply tap-and-pay at any location equipped with the infrastructure to support this payment method. To use Android Pay, just install the app and add your card details. Once your card gets added, all you have to do is get your phone close to the payment terminal with NFC on.
Google also confirmed recently that Android Pay will rollout in as many as 15 more countries by the end of the calendar year 2017.