Android Pay Expands to Australia
Android Pay just made its debut in Australia, adding to its presence in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore. Google’s mobile wallet is making its debut with ANZ as its first major banking partner, along with American Express, Bank Australia, and a number of other financial institutions throughout the country.
Google has partnered with a total of 35 banks in Australia, but they still have not struck deals with National Australia Bank (NAB), Commonwealth Bank (CBA) and Westpac (WBC) – members of the Australian Big 3. Nevertheless, there will be MasterCard support on the app later this year, which may open the doors for more financial partnerships in the future.
The Android Pay app is accepted at many big name retailers and restaurants in Australia, including Bing Lee, Domino’s, Donut King and Vodafone. It can be installed on any NFC-enabled Android device running KitKat 4.4 or higher.
Android Pay is not the first wallet to move into Australia. Apple Pay and Samsung Pay made their launches earlier this year.
Android Pay may have to face some tough competition in the future, with Samsung Pay looking to expand to non-Galaxy devices. Android Pay is currently the only major mobile wallet running on non-Samsung Android phones, but that may change if Samsung Pay makes it on to other devices. This would not only put a strain on activity in America, but it could also affect Android Pay’s expansion in other countries.