Android Rival Apple With New Contactless Pay System

Just a week ago, Google made the announcement that Android tablet users, with 4.4 “Kit Kat” or later, now can use Android Pay.

How does it work, and what does it entail?

It’s actually quite easy and familiar. You merely plug in your credit card information into the app, and pay by tapping any NFC terminal. It gets even simpler, your phone doesn’t even have to be on, and neither does the app for you to make a payment.

Extreme convenience, but what about safety? Will my phone start charging me as I walk near NFC stations? Don’t fear! A four-digit PIN code like those at ATMs is necessary, and fingerprint scanner can be used, of course if your device supports it. What’s more; the system utilizes “tokens”, which means that your actual data is never exposed during a transaction, which means your chances of data theft are significantly lower.

A few bugs have been reported, but Google is sure to perfect them in no time. Moreover, it seems as though only selected cards are recognizable by the App, again something which undoubtedly will be taken care of immediately. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Bank of America are already in the system, with retailers, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Subway, eager to participate.

Convenience comes at another stage: you can also add gift cards, membership cards and reward cards. You can manage your cards with the virtual wallet that displays all your interested information.

Goodbye fat wallets, and searching for cards in bottomless purses! Did I mention over one million locations across the United States accept Android Pay?

If you are a user of Google Wallet, just update and you’ll have access; for new users, Google Play will have it available for download in a few days. Happy purchases!


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Author: Mary Gevorgyan

Based in Armenia, Mary is an online marketing specialist and an independent blogger. Mary is seeking to write what may make readers’ day a bit easier and brighter – writing something useful is the very point. Topics of the articles vary from technology to lifestyle, travel to home improvement. Check out Mary’s latest review posted in Time2 blog about Top 7 Inch Tablets.