At Google I/O 2015, the Mountain View search giant introduced Android Pay – – a new function for Android smartphones that permits you to pay right from your device, utilizing a mix of Google’s combination with a number of shops, payment processors, and your existing credit/debit cards and so on. Sounds familiar? That’s since it is. Allow me to clarify this from the very beginning (and my displeasure with this fact): Android Pay is awfully similar to Apple Pay, and not just by name but in performance also. Let’s take a glimpse at all that’s on offer.


In-Store Shopping

Android Pay not just becomes your mobile payment solution, but likewise a method for you to manage commitment cards and so forth. What this generally means is that you can make use of Android Pay with select sellers and your kept loyalty cards will instantly get used. Then, when having a look at at a store, you can simply use your phone and the seller’s POS machine to make a payment, without ever producing your credit/debit card. Android Pay uses native Android notices to keep you abreast of effective or failed payments.


In-App Purchases

Android Pay likewise addresses the concern of in-app purchases, but these are not your typical IAPs that we do daily for the titles we ‘d gotten hold of from the Google Play Store. What this indicates is that if you’re shopping online using the Amazon app for Android, you do not have to supply your charge card details etc (presuming they aren’t currently on account), but rather just utilize Android Pay to make the purchase. This is similar to how Apple Pay integrates in-apps and online sites.



Google also tells you that Android Pay is a lot more safe and secure than conventional payment means. Like Apple Pay, Google states Android Pay doesn’t share your actual card details with anybody, you do get an element of security in utilizing it. And again like Apple Pay, Android Pay will certainly authenticate this using finger print reader, talking of fingerprint reader support, it comes baked into Android M.

Availability Of Android Pay

The new payment system will be made available as an app on Google Play Store “sometime soon.”On the sellers and stores front, Google claims that countless major sellers – – 70,000 to be more precise – – are currently onboard, together with a variety of online stores too. The search giant is also working with bank and cellular carriers to make a collaboration that extends much deeper than competition.

Having reviewed this, I ask you: how is Android Pay not really similar to Apple Pay? Granted, there isn’t much that you can “innovate” when it comes to a mobile payment system, but then you shouldn’t be calling it being innovative either. For as soon as, while I value Google’s effort – – as would millions others invested in Google’s ecosystem – – I am dissatisfied that Google didn’t bring something genuinely initial.

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