Android Pay Follows Samsung Pay into Singapore
Android Pay has officially made its debut in Singapore, less than one month after Samsung Pay entered the Southeast Asian market. This is only the third country to offer Android Pay, following the United States and the United Kingdom.
Much like Samsung, Google chose Singapore as its charter country in Asia because of the nation’s high use of smartphones and mobile applications. This is one of the fastest growing markets for online payment processing, making it the perfect place to launch a mobile wallet.
Apple Pay has been available in Singapore since April, but does not pose the same competition for Google’s mobile wallet as Samsung Pay. Android Pay is available on Samsung devices, not Apple, and Android Pay is not compatible with as many payment terminals as Samsung Pay. Samsung’s payment app can work with traditional magnetic swipe card readers, making it the most versatile of all the mobile wallets currently on the market.
Users in Singapore can load Visa and MasterCard payment cards into their Android Pay wallets, including debit and credit cards from six major banks in the country. As in other countries, Android Pay is available on devices with near field communication technology (NFC) running on KitKat 4.4 or higher.